It’s hard to imagine that a car like Robert Redlich’s 1958 Mercedes 190SL is merely “making due,” a stop-gap of sorts. Believe it or not, it’s “settling,” but that’s only because one of the most iconic Mercedes Benz chassis of all time — the W198 300SL Gullwing — brings in a million bucks on a bad day. On a good one? Two, maybe more.
The Traband 601 is a unique machine. To provide some history for American readers, the 601, most commonly known simply as “the Trabant,” was East Germany’s response to the Volkswagen Beetle. It began production in 1963, and carried forth until 1990, decades past obsolescence. Its two-stroke engine made for a somewhat reliable, simple, and easy to maintain platform, but found itself lost in the growing automotive technology that blossomed in the 1970s and ’80s.