Trabant Limo – East Berlin Style

Posted January 29, 2013

The Trabant /trəˈbɑːnt/ is a car that was produced by former East German auto maker VEB Sachsenring Automobilwerke Zwickau in ZwickauSaxony. It was the most common vehicle in East Germany, and was also exported to countries both inside and outside the communist blocThe main selling points were that it had room for four adults and luggage in a compact, light and durable shell; it was fast (when introduced); and it was durable.

With its mediocre performance, outdated and inefficient two-stroke engine (which returned poor fuel economy for the car’s size and produced heavy exhaust), and production shortages, the Trabant is often cited as an example of the disadvantages of centralized planning; on the other hand, it is regarded with derisive affection as a symbol of the failed former East Germany and of the fall of communism (in former West Germany, as many East Germans streamed into West Berlin and West Germany in their Trabants after the opening of the Berlin Wall in 1989). It was in production without any significant changes for nearly 30 years with 3,096,099 Trabants produced in total.[3] In 2008, Time magazine rated the Trabant as one of the 50 worst cars ever made.[4] In the West, much has been written about the Trabant with mostly negative. Emphasis was placed on the shortcomings of the Trabant, and its benefits have not been pointed out. However, many of the former owners of the Trabant still emphasize its advantages such as high capacity – Trabant was able to drive over 1000kg of cargo.

Hagerty’s Tour d’LeMons Rolls into Monterey!

Posted January 21, 2013

Hagerty’s Tour d’LeMons Rolls into Monterey!

Come by Laguna Grande Park and take in the worst car event in the world! This year the Concours d’LeMons goes mobile, spreading gear oil and rusty parts all over the Monterey peninsula. You can view this automobile debacle at Laguna Grande Park in Seaside before the cars sputter down the road, or a little later in the afternoon when the survivors limp back.

Date: Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

· 9:30am Cars begin to arrive at park
· 10:15am Cars depart for tour
· 11:45 – Noon Tour ends back at Laguna Grande Park
· Noon – 2pm Lunch and Awards

Location:   Laguna Grande Park 
1249 Canyon Del Rey Blvd.
Seaside, Calif.

2011 Concours d’LeMons Worst of Show Winner Scott King and Sandy Edelstein’s 1988 Cimarron by Cadillac

Posted January 21, 2013

Scott King found this wonderful Cimarron in the wilds of Palm Springs and knew it was a shoe in for honors at the 2011 Concours d’LeMons. Complete with landau vinyl roof, gold badging and dealer installed Rolls Royce-eque grill, this low mile, pristine example took the very coveted Worst of Show award on Aug, 20, 2011 at the palatial Laguna Grande Park in Seaside, CA. Marketed as the “Cimarron, By Cadillac” by dealers embarrassed to call this tarted up Cavalier a real Cadillac it offered none of the features that a typical Cadillac buyer would want. It was small, not very luxurious, had a 4 cylinder engine and cost nearly twice as much as the Chevy Cavalier it was badge engineered from. 23 years later everything works on this example, right down to the vacuum tube readout dash and Bose stereo. For all of those reasons, and the fact that Scott had some great bribes for the judges, it takes the 2011 Concours d’LeMons Worst of Show.