Trabant 601 A+F Military – lot 211

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Iconic ‘Cold War’ Discovery; the “Stoffhund”

On the technical basis of its predecessor “P60”, the new passenger car “Trabant P 601” from the “VEB Automobilwerk Zwickau” was presented to the public at the Leipzig Autumn Fair in 1963. Mass production started from July 1964. Next to the sedan and station wagon models, a “P 601A” (“Army”) jeep was created especially for the border troops, with a partial sheet metal structure and door cutouts as well as the later tubular bumpers and the external spare wheel then attached to the rear. In addition to the “A” version, a model variant for forestry and agriculture followed shortly thereafter, and from 1978, a “Tramp” version for civilian purposes.

The “small Kübel” (Bucket) was only suitable for off-road use to a limited extent and did not have all-wheel drive. Nevertheless, the Trabant was assigned a wide range of tasks in the troop and completed it with good performance, economy, maneuverability, and reliability.

All this soon earned the small tub with its all-weather hood and side canvas doors the affectionate nickname “Stoffhund”. After its successful introduction in the border troops, the P 601A was introduced in all branches of the NVA and in the “Gesellschaft für Sport und Technik” (organization for preparing young people for army service).

In May 1990, series production of the “Trabant 1.1” began – including again as a “Tramp” model – with a 4-stroke engine from the Alpha series (VW Polo) from the Volkswagen Group.
The last Trabant left the assembly line in Zwickau on April 30, 1991 in reunified Germany with a total production number of approx. 3.9 million vehicles.

© Tracks & Trade BV the Netherlands, February 2023

Immediately after the victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, the first German auxiliary police forces were deployed by the four allies at the seams of the occupation zones in Germany to support surveillance at the respective borders.
With the establishment of the GRENZPOLIZEI (BORDER POLICE) in December 1946, a police command was created in the Soviet occupation zone to curb everyday problems in the diffuse post-war situation such as uncontrolled border crossing, emigration and smuggling.

This new border police unit was later named ” DEUTSCHE GRENZPOLIZEI (GERMAN BORDER POLICE)” (1952–1961), then “GRENZTRUPPEN der NVA” (1961–1974) and from 1974 to 1990 “GRENZTRUPPEN der DDR”. Under the name “GRENZSCHUTZ der GDR”, this formation is being dissolved.

Until the fall of the Berlin Wall, the border troops were embedded in a close-knit network of cooperation between state and armed organs in the GDR. They are therefore subject to permanent
delegation, guidance and control by the Socialist
Unity Party of Germany, the Ministry for National
Defense, the Ministry for State Security and the Soviet armed forces in Germany.

In the more than forty years of their existence, the members of the border police or the border troops have been balancing between two tasks:
• the border police order and security function at the state borders of the GDR.
• the military security of the western external border within the Warsaw Pact.

The Trabant 601 (Kleinkübel IFA P 601A) was in terms of small vehicles for passenger transport, by far the most used vehicle for border patrol. Therefore, it is the basis for any self-respecting collection dedicated to the cold war.
© Tracks & Trade BV the Netherlands, December 2022

Location: & Collection

Current location of this object is Etten-Leur, Netherlands
Local collection is available for this lot.

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Kleinkübel IFA P 601A


VEB Automobilwerk Zwickau Germany (former DDR)

Production figures

Vehicle was produced between 1964 and 1991



Net Weight

645 kg

Gross Weight

1.020 kg




Air Cooled 2 Cylinder, 2-Takt Gasoline Engine

·      Model P65/66/OM

·      Displacement: 595 cc

·      Power output: 26 HP (19KW) @ 4.000 rpm.


4 speed


100 km/h




Length:            3.50 m
Width:             1.60 m
Height:            1.50 m (with top up)

Tire size


Electrical installation

6 Volt

Year of Production


Chassis / VIN Nr.






Road Licence

Dutch Road Registration (DL-75-46)

Condition / Remarks

Good running order

Source: Tracks & Trade

 The Trabant is very complete and comes in nice running order and with Dutch road license!

Will be perfectly fit in a collection dedicated to the cold war. 

Estimated value: between Euro 8.000 and 12.000,- (December 2022)