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Last week the Berliner Kurier visited us. They were especially interested in the Trabi that you can find in the first part of the permanent exhibition. Every day, several visitors bustle at the Trabi because they want to take a closer look at it.
But the history of the car is every bit as interesting as the car itself:
Starting in 1958, the Trabant was produced in the GDR. More than 3 million cars of the production series were manufactured in Zwickau between 1958 and 1991. Although nowadays only about 30,000 Trabis are used in Germany, it is still very popular.
But even more than that - the Trabi has become an absolute cult car within the last years!
When the production of the Trabant began, it was celebrated as the East German folk's car. Because it was not further developed, the car quickly became a symbol of the stagnation of the economy. Many alternatives to the Trabi did not exist, that is why there were numerous orders of the car. Due to the long waiting period between ordering a Trabi and the actual delivery of it, even Trabis that had been used for years already were very popular and cost about the same as a new car.
Since the beginning of the 1990's a lot of Trabi fan clubs have been founded. Nowadays, fans of the Trabi can join Trabi clubs or interest groups.
But why is the Trabi still so popular even nowadays?
You can find some comments of visitors of the DDR Museum in the article of the Berliner Kurier.
For everyone who wants to take a closer look at our Trabi is welcome to visit us and start a virtual drive in the car!