Trabant P 50/2, 1962 © DHM

Trabant P 50/2, 1962

Trabant cars were first produced in the mid-1950s. They had a Duroplast synthetic body, because the body sheet normally used in automobile construction would have had to be imported from the West, payable in hard currency. The car - lovingly nicknamed "Rennpappe" (racing cardboard) - cost between 7,400 and 9,500 marks in 1962. Thus the lowest purchase price corresponded to the average annual income of a skilled industrial worker. In the 1960s, purchasers had to wait around 6 years before their "Trabi" was delivered. It was produced with almost no modifications until 1990 and attained an average service life of 28 years.