Guy’s Garage viewers are speechless as ‘crappy’ classic car turns into racing powerhouse
GUY’S Garage viewers were stunned after a 35-year-old classic car “crap” was transformed into a race car fit to compete at Brands Hatch.
In the latest episode of the popular Channel 4 show, the former motorcycle driver turned a 1986 East German Trabant into a racing car – and he didn’t disappoint.
Hoping to win custom races, Guy had previously created racing cars from a Range Rover, a three-wheeled Piaggio Ape and a Volvo 240 Estate.
Guy and Cammy were originally facing a cost of £ 12,000 for a Trabant, with import duties yet to be factored in, and so traveled to Croydon in the hopes of getting a good deal.
They managed to buy a non-running 26 horsepower 1986 Trabant for the comparatively lower price of £ 2,100.
Guy then agreed to buy a spare Trabant engine for 3000 euros, much to Cammy and many viewers’ dismay.
Regarding the final showdown, Guy was concerned about the safety of the other drivers, saying their cars were “miles faster”, calling the Trabant “dangerous”.
Other attendees said it was “something never seen before,” even with Guy Martin’s long automotive history.
About 3.7 million Trabant models were produced between 1957 and 1991 and were the most popular car in East Germany at a time when buyers were placed on a waiting list of up to 13 years.
They came to define the East German auto industry, although Trabants were known to have poor build quality and were generally unreliable.
Automotive journalist Doug Demuro said, “The Trabant is loud, slow, poorly designed, poorly constructed, extremely inhospitable to drive, old-fashioned, uncomfortable, confusing and impractical.
“If I gave him stars he would earn zero – if I gave him thumbs I would have mine surgically removed before fitting them for the Trabant.”
All four episodes of Guy’s Garage can be viewed on All4.