DDR Fahrzeuge, "GDR vehicles", formerly "East Germany." Does that sound exciting or not?
We all know the Trabants and MZs. That they are the clothing icons from the time that governments still knew exactly how to do it. And how did that end? We know that.
In the meantime, the DDR vehicle fleet was indebted to DKW and BMW
After peace broke out, vehicle production on the East German side was first started with the German models from the time before WWII. After all, the production facilities, or the remains of them, were now also located in East Germany. The BMW R 35 quickly became 'EMW' after protests from BMW. And the IFA DKW RT 125/0 was actually quite a DKFact. The Awo one-man also had a lot of BMW genes. MZ and Simson became strong 'own' brands.
In the car field, BMW and DKW were also the great examples, just after WWII. Brands such as Sachsenring and AWZ were much less in the spotlight here. Trabant and wartburg provide transport for the better-off Genossen. Moreover, the waiting times for those sober means of transport were impressive.
Buses, trucks and agricultural vehicles were also fully stocked. All rather gross, simple and simple to repair / maintain. The army vehicles from the GDR were also quite impressive.
All that East German stuff was something that we shrugged for a long time. It was worth nothing. That time is over. Ex DDr vehicles have a growing group of enthusiasts. From a grown historical perspective. Out of nostalgia and because the former East German brigade has kept an affordability factor that has gone so high in many other classics that they have become unaffordable for ordinary enthusiasts.
Start with the purchase of DDR-Fahrzeuge from publisher Garant. 'Von AWO bis Wartburg' The book is new and used for sale on the internet. Or consult your local bookseller ...