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AutoCult 1:43 1965 Barkas B1000 Sightseeing Tram

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AutoCult 1:43 1965 Barkas B1000 Sightseeing Tram

AutoCult 1:43 1965 Barkas B1000 Sightseeing Tram

$169.95

These are limited edition models of only 333 pieces distributed worldwide

For the 800th anniversary of Karl-Marx Stadt (today’s Chemnitz), which took place in 1965, the idea was put forth to build an open-air car train that could be used by citizens and visitors to ride though the city at a leisurely pace.

The local ‘Barkas’ factory was called on to design and build – of course there was no such open bus model in the Barkas product line – the customized tour vehicle and to contribute it to the city. A Barkas box van version was cut open in sophisticated manner to allow passengers to enter and exit comfortably. The redesigned Barkas was fitted with a two-axle trailer that matched the body design and the seating arrangement of the towing vehicle. The whole car/ trailer combination was painted in “rohrgelb” (typical yellow coloring of cars in the Eastern part of Germany back then) accented with hand-applied red pinstripes. Just in time for the 800th anniversary, which took place from June 20th to June 27th in 1965, the tourist train was handed over to the City administration by Barkas. During the summer and autumn months, the articulated tourist train enjoyed great popularity among the townspeople and visiting tourists. In the view of the use of a standard two-stroke 50 horsepower engine that was required to pull a fully-loaded train with a full crew of driver and passengers, the train could only travel a leisurely pace of 50 km/h. But this was not seen as a deterrent to enjoying the sights of the city and was a pace that seemed well-suited to the tour.

 It did not take long for the tour train to achieve 1000 trips – each carrying as many as 32 passenger as they enjoyed the sights of Chemnitz.

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