SSSR Car Cosmetics is helping a pair of dedicated vehicle enthusiasts to transform a fifty year-old Trabant into a drag racing superstar.

Between 1957-1991 over three million trabants were produced by East German car manufacturer VEB Saschenring and the original 600cc, two stroke engine was capable of achieving a top speed of just 62mph in 21 seconds. But Nick Conner and Kevin Bingham, founders of Reading-based Auto Services Limited felt they could do better.

After acquiring a 1963 Trabant 601 Deluxe, Nick and Kevin transformed the 30bhp Trabant into a car with more than times its original power! The heavily modified Trabbie, which now boasts a 5.7ltr V8 Chevorley engine has reached a top speed of 112.99mph and Nick and Kevin believes there’s still more to come.

So far the duo have undertaken a huge amount work on the vehicle including:

  • Increasing the size of the engine bay by 150cm
  • Replacing bonnet, front and rear wings with fibreglass
  • Manufacturing new 100×50 mild steel box section chassis with 8 point roll cage of 100mm CDS tube
  • Suspension replaced using re-engineered Ford Capri struts with adjustable spring platforms
  • Installation of GM Turbo Hydromatic 350 gearbox with hole shot 2800rpm torque converter.

The result is approximately 375-400bhp!

SSSR Car Cosmetics is proud to support Nick and Kevin’s work – you can see more of the work they’ve undertaken on their Trabant Transformation project on their website: (See photos and videos section)

Here’s the Trabby making an appearance at Shakespeare County Raceway, Stratford-upon-Avon (We apologise for the quality of this video link!)

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New product range launched


SSSR Car Cosmetics has launched a brand new range of vehicle valeting products, which are now available to purchase online.

The unique range of products have been pioneered by Steve Jupp, founder of SSSR Car Cosmetics and provides a complete car cleaning solution, suitable for use on almost any type of vehicle.

To find out more about the full range of products available from SSSR, visit our newly launched shop, available here