British Deputy Ambassador to Hungary Steven Fisher’s car may be the only Trabant in the world bearing diplomatic license plates, Index.hu reported. Fisher told the portal he was looking for a small car to use in the congested city last summer when he saw a bunch of Trabants on Erzsébet tér going around in circles like go-karts. Since driving a Trabant looked like fun and because he reasoned it would cost little to fix even if it broke down, he went ahead and bought one. So far the green Trabnt had produced far more smiles than headaches.
One of the minor problems related to the Trabant is that police frequently stop it to check whether its diplomatic plates are real or home-made. Additionally, during the summer the engine overheats, which once resulted in Fisher having to drop the car off for repairs while he was the acting head of the embassy. Furthermore, it can’t go faster than 100 kph, making it unlikely that it will ever be driven to England.
As for the positive experiences, Fisher said his car makes other diplomats, tourists and police officers smile, and it is also very cheap to maintain. The Trabant cost Fisher Ft 100,000, and he has spent only Ft 40,000 on repairs over the past one and a half years.