Wait for It: 1975 Trabant 601S DeLuxe

Especially after surreptitiously planting their music on all of our mobile devices, it can be generally agreed that the best thing U2 ever did was bring the Trabant into the view of the masses. Once being a brand new 20-year-old car requiring a 20 year wait, the Trabbi is now a cultural icon.  Find this 1975 Trabant 601S for sale in Everett, WA for $3,400 via craigslist.

Like most other European cars with a long wait list, the Trabant had features that were quite forward thinking upon debut. The operative phrase here is ‘upon debut’; the front-wheel-drive and composite body gradually became obsolete over a 30 year run. Though Trabant engineers continued to put DDR-Approved pencil to Universally Administered paper, the powers that be rejected each proposal for new models, citing tooling material shortage.

The car pictured here is a DeLuxe model, a false title of Saxon nobility in this case. We don’t know for sure, but DeLuxe may have gotten you Venetian blinds, a reverse light, and a special formulation of Duraplast bodywork that produced slightly less poisonous off-gassing when burned in protest of long lunch lines.

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Matt, a self-proclaimed bottom-feeder of the classic car market, spends half of his time buying cars, half of his time retrieving them, and the remaining third on keeping them on the road.