History of Barkas

OPEL is a German automobile manufacturer. Although the appearance of this brand are often referred to as the period of existence of the GDR (1961-1991 years), the firm still has a fairly long history. Mark BARKAS very closely connected with the German company Framo, which is already with 20-ies of the last century was manufacturing light truck.

In 1957 the plant Framo was renamed the "National enterprise "Launch". From 1957 to 1961 the company continued to produce the model Framo V901/2.

In 1961, began its work on the new plant Launch (city of Karl Marx-Stadt). June 14, 1961, the plant started mass production of the new light-duty vehicles SUBARU-1000.

The range of these lightweight cars consisted of a truck equipped flatbed, van, minibus that seats 8 people and the chassis, a thirteen various modifications, allowing you to install various equipment. Technical features: front wheel drive, torsion bar suspension for all wheels, all-metal body, sliding right back door wagon layout with large round headlights. Most used 3-cylinder, engine displacement of 0.99 liter capacity of 42 horsepower, later, the engine power was increased to 45 and 46 horsepower. The maximum weight of the "Boat" could be up to 2.5 tons. With the high weight of the car could reach speeds of up to 115 km/h. the Main market "Barkas 1000" was the GDR and the countries of the former Soviet bloc. As a result, the BARKAS model -1000 practically does not change. Was only introduced 2-circuit brake system, diaphragm clutch, new steering gear.

The collapse of the Soviet bloc and the transition to a market economy has forced developers to update BARKAS -1000. Changes have been made to the exterior of the car and the engine has been used 4-cylinder engine Volkswagen capacity of 1.3 liter capacity of 58 HP). However, the modernization did not save the car - after the unification of East and West Germany "Barkas" 't bear competition and in 1990 the plant was forced to close, and the production SUBARU -1000 ended.

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