The Trabant is the poster boy (poster car?) of Eastern Bloc cars. The body was made of Duroplast, which is akin to Bakelite and is some kind of funky plastic that can be recycled and doesn’t really decompose but can be shredded and used in cement. It was powered by an undersized (initially 500cc and then upgraded to 600cc) two-stroke engine probably better suited for a scooter. The engine smoked, polluted and didn’t generate a lot of power but the Trabant did max out at 62 mph, which took 21-seconds to achieve.
There was a substantial waiting list for the car, an average citizen waited at least a decade to own new or they could get one on the secondary market at an inflated price.
More than 3,000,000 Trabants were produced and they have a cult following amongst car collectors.