BARKAS B 1000 Minibuses East German
Diecast Collectible Model Car
Material: Diecast and plastic
Condition: new in the original packaging (blister)
In the early 1950s, the leadership of East Germany set the task of creating a multi-purpose truck with a carrying capacity of 1 ton, capable of traveling at a speed of 100 km / h. In 1956, a prototype van was built under the name L1, after another year a prototype of a minibus, which over several million kilometers passed the test for several years.
The design features of the promising model were: wagon layout, bearing an all-metal body, independent torsion bar suspension, front-wheel drive.
The first production batch of cars was released on June 14, 1961. The initially installed two-stroke, three-cylinder air-cooled engine from Wartburg-311 with a capacity of 28 liters. with. was boosted to 42 liters. S., in 1972 - up to 45 liters. C., while an additional cooling system was introduced into the design.
May 15, 1969, was assembled Barkas B1000 with a power unit Moskvich-412. However, the Soviet side refused to supply this engine, since it accounted for more favorable export supplies. Also, attempts to install a diesel engine and bring the carrying capacity to 1.3 tons failed.
Over the next two decades, the design of the car underwent changes in the steering, clutch mechanism, and lighting technology, in 1987 a sliding side door was installed in the van. In 1989, a four-stroke Volkswagen engine with a volume of 1.3 liters went to the series, the model received the index B1000-1.
A total of 175740 Barkas B1000 cars and 1961 minibusses of the B1000 / 1s model were produced.
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