~ East German Ministry of Propaganda on The Trabant“This car is sh*t, its too gay even for me!”
~ Oscar Wilde on Driving the Trabant“Well I am made of Cardboard”
~ Trabant on Rain
The Trabant was an East German car-like vehicle. In reality, it was more like a lunch box with the starter motor of a lawn mower as an engine. Its gigantic 0.5L two-stroke, quite comparable to a Dodge Challenger's 6.2L V8, could accelerate from 0 to 100km/h on the same day and was the only vehicle known to man, that had the squashed insects on the rear window rather than the wind screen.
While most of the Known World never knew about the Trabant, it was very popular in East Germany. In fact it was so popular, that the waiting period for delivery was slashed to only three weeks. However it still took a year for the car to reach its destination.
According to reports, the little blue puffs of smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe of the Trabant were mistaken for smoke signals by some. This caused an international incident at one stage when an American tourist of Sioux descent was highly offended by the apparent insults coming from a Trabant which was stopping at a set of traffic lights. The situation could eventually be defused after an interpreter, who was called to the scene, could clarify that the car was actually talking in a rare Apache dialect and was being friendly with the Tourist.
The Trabant was designed by Sir G. Sus lizard. The East German Government had found his number in a newspaper ad and contacted him to design the Trabant. Since Sir G. Sus Lizard was British, he had no clue what the East Germans were saying and thought that they had contacted him to design a child's lunchbox. The East Germans, after realizing their mistake did not have enough money to pay him to design a car and asked him to combine his design with a lawnmower and a cardboard box and the finished result was the Trabant.
The Trabant was only sold to the public and as a result was never used by police as they found walking much easier and could catch a Trabant without having to jog. Trabants were also so unreliable that police would only have to wait a few minutes for a suspect's car to break down and then have to walk over. Many Trabants also found usage as weed killer as the exhaust coming out of them was so deadly that even bacteria couldn't survive. Many people liked it to Anthrax.
The End of an Era
After East Germany had been purchased by West Germany a newer model of the Trabant was released, this time actually featuring an engine. The first version of the new car was a failure because the VW-built engine proved too powerful for the Trabant's cardboard chassis and took off without it. Even though the second attempt was better thought out it was still no real success. The chassis had been strengthened with sticky tape but still nobody wanted to buy the car. Only after a clever marketing executive had the brilliant idea, to use coloured sticky tape instead of the clear variety and label the car as "Rallye Edition", sales skyrocketed to three. Unfortunately, this success was short lived as well. As it turned out, the manufacturers had not put enough "rallye stripes" on the car, so during the first run in a rallye event, one of the drivers lost control of the car on a high speed strip, doing nearly 14km/h. The car ended up in a horse paddock, right next to a pile of horse droppings. One of the horse apples was asking the Trabant what he was supposed to be and it said: "I'm a car". When the horse apple heard that it started laughing and announced: "If you're a car, then I'm a Granny Smith." . After this incident, all Trabants were pulled out of the race (and out of the paddock for that matter) and production of the Trabant was limited to the Trabant FuckYou (a wagon) and the Trabant Fuckup (a pick-up). These models were actually quite successful with the addition of the new Starbuck engine designed by Victor Gauntlet which was created by using coffee cans and dynamite (or the knock off soviet variety). This gave the new car a staggering 0.4 hp and allowed the Trabant to reach its governed top speed of 12km/h. Any faster and the cardboard windshield would cave in which made the Trabant appear to be a slightly used Land Rover.
Interesting facts about the Trabant
- There was a sport edition of the Trabant - it came with a pair of tennis shoes.
- The Trabant is the world’s first truly bio-degradable automobile.
- If you put a Banana in a Trabant the value will skyrocket for three weeks, until the banana rots.
- If His Holiness, the Dalai Lama were to own any sort of car, it'd be the Trabant.
- If you hold a Trabant up to your ear, you can hear the ocean.
- The cars in I, Robot are actually modified Trabants, not Audis.
- As is the Batmobile. And KITT from Knight-Rider.
- Trabants are recognised by the fastest car that isn't a Ferrero Rocher by the Ferrero International Assistance.
- The Stig drove a Trabant in the SCCA SOLO in 2007 and came second to Chuck Norris.
- It only has 26 horsepowers under the engine. 30 would have resulted in a fatal explosion.
- It is the only car which is never fatal when driven drunk. This is because if you hit a pedestrian, you will more likely die because the car will be crushed by them...
- It is the safest car in the world, because if you hit something the cardboard will crush and roll up to becaome a giant roll of bubble wrap.
Trabants in pop culture
There was once a movie called Go! Trabi! Go!, about a guy who is trying to get his Trabant to start up so he won't be late for work.