Member #25Jennifer Schultz
1966 P601 Sedan
During the 2004-2005 school year I participated in a the Fulbright Teacher Exchange in Germany. I wasn’t allowed to choose the location, so I ended up in a part of Germany I didn’t really know well, Saxony Anhalt. It was there that I became the state’s biggest fan of OSTalgie, especially my 1989 Trabant, but also including other various items, some loathed and others cherished by the former East Germans.
At first, I was proud to have lived almost 3 entire months using only my bicycle and my own two feet to get around, but then, I starting thinking how much fun it would be to own a Trabi for a year. So, I mentioned it at work, and within weeks, a colleague had found a friend who was selling his for a mere 300 Euros. Of course, insurance and registration were both more than the cost of the car, but it was worth it. I had so much fun in the Trabi during my year in Germany that I decided to pursue bringing “him,” AKA “Max” (everyone names his Trabi!!!), home! I found out that it would be almost impossible, if not simply too expensive, so I gave up.
Then, I started getting sad and decided even if I couldn’t bring Max home, I could perhaps find an older Trabi to bring home, one which would make it through customs. That was when I started talking about it again, and that same day, the mayor of Thiessen, a neighboring
Oh, by the way, the new Trabi is Friedrich (Friedrich, der Kleine!!). I took most of Max’s innards and put them in Friedrich’s nice old 1966 body and made one sweet little Trabi. I kept everything I could original from the 1966 and used only similar engine parts to make him a little more fit for the American style of driving. All that basically means, I changed nothing, since that sweet little motor never did change much over all those years! We reside quite happily in Atlanta, GA. He is a looker and it never fails that we meet new people when we are out for a ride.