I started this blog seven years ago and since that time, the price of decent Trabants has doubled and Wartburgs have trebled. Nowadays, a decent Trabant will cost at least 2000 Euros. What's really surprising is how rare and thin on the ground Wartburgs have become. There's often none for sale for months on end on the usual classic car websites and eBay.
Recently, there was one on eBay in the UK and it seemed to be an excellent example. It was a 1987 car that had spent its early life in Hungary, before ending up in the UK. It had a long MOT and desirable column change gearbox. The car looked and sounded very, very good indeed, but only made £1550 on auction, well short of the reserve of £3750 and didn't sell. This is the first 353 I've seen advertised for a few months in the UK or Ireland. Seven or ten-day auctions are perhaps not the best way to sell a classic car. Best to let them sit for weeks or the months it sometimes takes, on classic car websites. That way at least, you'll eventually find the right buyer. In five years time, I predict there'll be precious few 353's to be had at any price. You can virtually forget about ever owning a 311 as they're all but disappeared and will cost at least 7500 Euros in really good condition.
Trabants whilst still reasonably plentiful are becoming scarcer every year in good condition
Prices for DKW's remain very high indeed and although DKW owners don't like to admit it, they're very similar underneath to the Wartburg and Trabant.
The car is a June 1990, one of the last 601's built. It was exported to Hungary and came to the UK in 2009. It was sold to an aircraft mechanic, who gave it 6 coats of old English white 2k paint, with an orange roof and wheels. The hubs were also painted in high temperature polyurethane paint. I've recently purchased the car.
It's only covered 46K KM from new and the whole suspension was overhauled and uprated with new shocks and all bushes replaced with polybushes. The exhaust was replaced with new tuned twin pipe unit that sounds fantastic. It's not really any noisier, but the two stroke sound is more clearly defined.
All brake cylinders were replaced, along with new drums, shoes and springs. All window rubbers were replaced when car was painted. The engine blanket was removed and the engine shroud painted to match the car. The coils were chromed and the air filter was replaced for a K & N type and the housing stripped. The bodywork is fantastic, no rust anywhere on the car and it drives and rides better than it would have when new due to the suspension work. The top of the engine was stripped and was in perfect condition, so the gaskets were renewed and all put back together.
I've had 4 other 2 stroke cars before this one and it's by far the best two stroke car I've ever seen or driven. I've been looking for a Trabbie for 2 years and jumped at the chance to buy it. I almost bought a 1976 Kombi a few months back, but it needed a pile of work and I'm glad now I didn't as i like Trabant's to have 12V electrics and the factory electronic ignition is an excellent unit.
The car idles perfectly and climbs hills like none of the other cars did.
The interior is original, apart from a modern stereo and a pool ball on the gear lever. The seats are in excellent shape.
More pics and info to follow.