From that point of view it follows that the East German Trabant, produced 1957-1991, theoretically had the makings of an outstanding automobile design. After all, it was a basic, function-focused "people's car" served up by a communistic state.
Many theories have a kind of beauty and perfection -- until they are tested by reality. The reality for the Trabant was that it was inadequate compared to most other cars of its era. Trabants I saw in Hungary in the late 1990s seemed pathetic when compared to that other "people's car" the Volkswagen in its late-1950s guise.
Let's take a look. The images below show the Trabant 601, produced 1963-1991.