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Trabant in its native habitat

The Trabant was the ubiquitous car of the Eastern Bloc. Had a chance to ride around in one through Nowa Huta, the Soviet sponsored steel factory suburb connected to Krakow. Features a two-stroke diesel engine and a body made from recycled textile waste. Lacking a fuel pump, the gas tank is located directly above the engine letting gravity feed the engine (also, functions as a self-destruct mechanism in front-end crashes). Kinda like driving a lawn mower. The Trabi is making a comeback for modding and collecting and recently starred in its own film.