In 1964 the Trabant had a major redisgn which resulted in the launch of the P601. This car retained the same basic concept, and the new body style provided more interior and luggage space. The P601 body style was retained retained until the end of production in 1991. This lead many people to believe that the cars stayed the same and no further development took place. In reality the cars were constantly developed and every year saw the introduction of a number of changes. The power output of the engine gradually increased, and modifications to the engine allowed it to run with much less oil mixed with the petrol. The brakes were improved, and a change made from 6 volt to 12 volt electrics. There were many other changes, too many to list here, however changes were carried out in such a way that the majority of them could be applied to earlier cars. Many older Trabants were carefully recycled by being rebuilt and updated with later components. The P601 was available in three basic forms; a saloon, an estate, and a convertible jeep version. The jeep was available in civilian and military specifications. In 1988 an agreement was entered with VW to produce Polo engines which were fitted to a much modified version of the P601. This was initially produced in parallel with the two stroke car. Eventually, after the fall of the Berlin wall the production of the two stroke car was phased out.
- TRABANT 601
- Orlando Auto Museum
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- 2 STROKE
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