Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Communist East German Sports Car -- The Melkus RS 1000

Hi folks -- starting to get ready for my May 13-June 19 2015 teaching stint in Leipzig, Germany. Today I discovered the fascinating story of a Wartburg-based Melkus RS 1000. What a creative response to the constraints of living in East Germany!  Below are a few photos and graphics of what was an absolutely beautiful car.








  • Melkus RS 1000, manufactured or sold in 1969, version for Europe 
  • 2-door coupe body type
  • RWD (rear-wheel drive), manual 5-speed gearbox
  • mixture petrol (gasoline) with oil engine with displacement: 992 cm3 / 60.4 cui, advertised power: 51.5 kW / 69 hp / 70 PS ( net ), torque: 118 Nm / 87 lb-ft (see horsepower and torque curve)
  • characteristic dimensions: outside length: 4000 mm / 157.5 in, wheelbase: 2450 mm / 96.5 in
  • reference weights: base curb weight: 680 kg / 1499 lbs, gross weight GVWR: 1050 kg / 2315 lbs
  • how fast is this car ? top speed: 165 km/h (103 mph) (declared by factory);
  • accelerations: 0- 60 mph 11.3 s, 0- 100 km/h 12 s (declared by factory), 1/4 mile drag time (402 m) 17.4 s (a-c simulation) (see detailed performance data review)
  • fuel consumption and mileage: average estimated by a-c: 9.6 l/100km / 29.3 mpg (imp.) / 24.4 mpg (U.S.) / 10.4 km/l








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