IVEBA is my experimental east german car company born from the idea of a communist car manufacturer not strangled by planned economy and government interference. At IVEBA, engineers can be engineers and put their talents into good use to develop the ultimate functional, non-decadent cars. The first IVEBA automobiles, the Kompakt and Spezial were launched in 1965. Both are designed to be sophisticated, but affordable cars with export markets in mind. The Kompakt is a, well, compact family car with five seats and a highly modern “Vollheck” Hatchback design. It was primarily inspired by the Renault 4 and Autobianchi Primula. The drivetrain layout is almost identical to the Primula, with a transversely mounted engine driving the front wheels through a four-speed gearbox with unequal length driveshafts. The engine itself is an original IVEBA design with an aluminium block and aluminium SOHC cross-flow cylinder head with hemispherical combustion chambers. It displaces 1.3L and produces 52hp. In 1970 a “Volkssport” version with the 1.7L engine from the IVEBA Spezial was added.
The IVEBA Spezial is a large family car aimed at commercial operators such as taxi cab companies and the VoPo. It uses an enlargened 1.7L version of the IvStMo 65 engine with 68hp. It is available as a sedan as well as a “Vollheck” Estate. Unlike the Kompakt the Spezial is a conventional RWD layout, but utilizes the same suspension components with McPherson struts at the front and semi-trailing arms at the rear.
Both cars are also available in SA1 specification with larger wheels, tougher suspension, a heavy duty heater and engines capable of operating on lower grade fuel specifically for rural regions of the Soviet Union and indeed the world.