Synopses & Reviews
The post-war development of the automotive industry in East Germany (the German Democratic Republic) is quite a different story from that of the West. For many years after the Second World War the industry in the two halves of Germany grew in different directions. Automotive development in West Germany was aided and abetted by cash and investments from America and the Allies, while, for a time, industries of all types in East Germany suffered a certain amount of asset stripping and disinvestment. There was also a stark contrast between the state-driven production methods in the German Democratic Republic and the market-focused development in the West, which today, two decades after the collapse of the GDR, is hard to imagine. The GDR automotive industry and the vehicles it produced are explored in this book with neither political or economic bias, nor really with emphasis on the technical expertise that went into the cars' development--instead, the book celebrates the vehicles themselves. It is a pictorial documentation of over forty years of automotive manufacture in the GDR, and the most comprehensive record of these vehicles ever published. Here, for the first time in English, is a complete pictorial record of all those East German cars, trucks and buses. The authors have tracked down an example of every marque manufactured, and they are all featured here, with portraits taken in the authentic surroundings of the former East Germany, and each vehicle described by a marque expert to ensure accuracy of information. At last, automotive enthusiasts of all persuasions can indulge in this truly fascinating voyage of discovery.
When the Berlin Wall was in place, little was known of the unique motor vehicles which populated the roads of the German Democratic Republic behind it. Although Westerners got the odd sighting of mystery vehicles, and then a virtual invasion of Trabants in the years immediately following the Wall's demolition, most Europeans have never before had the opportunity to see the plethora of makes and models which abounded in the GDR. Here, for the first time in English, is a complete pictorial record of all the East German cars, trucks and buses. Christian Suhr and Ralf Weinreich have tracked down an example of every GDR marque in their new book, and have taken portraits in authentic surroundings in what was East Germany. Every one of these vehicles is described by a marque expert to ensure accuracy of information. Now automotive enthusiasts of all persuasions can indulge in a truly fascinating voyage of discovery.
About the Author
Christian Suhr is one of the the most informed experts in the building of commercial motor vehicles in the Glerman Democratic Republic. He has a huge amount of information on the subject and an immense specialized knowledge in addition to which he had access to the files of the original vehicle book publishing houses in the GDR.Ralf Weinreich contributed the unusual photos to this collection and set them in authentic surroundings.Ralf Weinreich contributed the unusual photos to this collection and set them in authentic surroundings.