November 17, 2009
Bonus obscurity points if you can identify the car and live anywhere they speak English primarily.
Posted at 12:00 am.
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Also, its clearly a Trabant! Pride of East Germany.
That’s what they are called! I learned about them in German class but couldn’t remember what they were called…and I’ll probably forget the name in a few minutes…..yup….there it goes…..
I rather enjoy the vanity plates. I want some of my own, except then I’d be a poser.
Hmm, my knowledge of cars about extends to the fact that this car is… green?
Heehee, GTR GRL? Gutter girl? Love it.
“My car gets forty rods to the hogshead and that’s the way I likes it!” – Abe Simpson
Only trick with the Trabant was that it’s a quasi-fiberglass car so it doesn’t rust (except for the wheels and the drivetrain, that is.)
Almost forgot, they’re illegal on US roads. The father would have been better of with a Moskvich 1500 or a Zhiguli (Fiat 124.)
Whoo! A Trabbie! Four years of German, a three month exchange and a major project on the Berlin Wall finally paid off! XP
I was thinking GTR GRL was Gator Girl, as in the Florida Mascot? But I guess Gutter Girl makes more since in this case.
Never thought of a Trabant XD
Well there are some car geeks who tuning these *khmm* junks *khmm* and they definitely look better after that…
I’ve heard that they are producing the new version of this car with the same design but better engine.
I recognized it immediately, and thought “could he actually mean to have drawn a Trabant P601?” A much-loved and -despised creation of the old East German regime, I believe it has the distinction of being the longest-produced car with a 2-cylinder 2-cycle engine. Even microcar fans like myself have some difficulty liking them — my ‘60 Goggomobil is more elegant.
I forgot that this is the internet and “obscure” has no meaning here. I’ve actually learned things from my comments section!
Herman managed to buy a Trabant so terrible that it rusts despite physical impossibility.
Oh, and it’s “Guitar Girl”, people.
I thought the plate was Gator Growl, to do either with the sound of the engine, or the swamp the car was salvaged from. When I was a kid we had two SAAB 95s. Those two cycle engines were sweet!
Didn’t occur to me before, but isn’t a hectare a unit of area, not distance?
I don’t know why I made that a question, I know for a fact that it is. It’s 100 acres, or 10,000 square yards.
I presume then that rather than simply take into account the distance it travels, this also takes into account the width of the car? I like this system of measuring efficiency.
I guess the title “80 Hectares per Litre” is probably referring to Herman’s lack of knowledge with cars, which also refers back to the previous strip/page where he walks in to the dealership saying “one car please”.
It’s an altered Simpsons quote.
Why do Trabant’s have rear window defrosters? To keep your hands warm while you’re pushing them.
You know, they’re not allowed to make Trabbies anymore.
So technically, in good condition, it would be worth a fortune.
I found the car by googling “car company logos” in image search, and looking for the closest match
Also, this car is rated at 1,700 hectares per liter, at least it would be if it were a linear measurement.
Sooo. GTR doesn’t stand for Gran Turismo Racing then?
I believe this is a russian Lada/Laika… my dad had one. In Brazil. Go figure…
Wow guys, really? No one else got “Guitar Girl?”
A Trabant?! Dammit, it was a culture car in Hungery (here):D We called it “the paper Jaguar”.
I would like to state, for the record, I got both “Guitar Girl” and the Simpsons reference.
I know Herman is a tall guy, but why does he look like he’s standing on a ladder(second panel)?
P.S. Love the comic.
A Trabbie — dear God in heaven, what a disaster that thing was/is. I can remember watching them putting along the Helmstedt-Berlin autobahn, belching blue smoke and rattling fit to shake your fillings loose, back in 1978. What a piece of cr@p!
Herman is such a typical over-sexed guy — saleswoman flashes a bit of skin, and all the blood rushes from his brain to . . . . other parts.
I totally thought the license plate said “GIR-GRL” (I Thought the T was an I) so that it would be yield the sound of “Gurgle”.
A Trabi! Cooool! They didn’t rust, but they could shatter in weather that was too cold… Why don’t you wear the seatbelt when driving a Trabi? Because people will think you’re wearing a backpack.
Just this weekend, I took a picture folks here will appreciate: Trabi Tours in Budapest – aren’t they awesome?
Just look at that door! That’s a niiice custom job. The one-of-a-kind center-left hood ornament must have added a lot to the price of the car.
I’m not sure I can believe anyone’s really that stupid.
Yes, I know it’s a comic.
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