|Volume VII, Number6|
CARS FROM A-Z "I"
IFA (GDR) 1948-1956
When all car production was nationalized in East Germany after WW II, all car and truck factories were united under the name of IFA. This name was to be found on many different vehicles and continued until the end of the GDR in 1990, but it was used as an actual car brand only until the mid-fifties. IFA cars were produced in the former DKW factory at Zschopau, and they were based on pre-war DKW designs. The brand name DKW could no longer be used as it belonged to the Auto Union company which had been resurrected in West Germany. Eventually IFA cars gave way to the famous East German people's car called Trabant.
H0 scale models of IFA cars were made by the German companies of Brekina
(in plastic) and Kehi (in pewter).
IKA (RA) 1958-1981
Industrias Kaiser Argentina was established when the former US manufacturer Kaiser-Willys Corp shipped their body dies to Buenos Aires after shutting down all US operations. IKA was formed in conjunction with the local government. Their first model was called the Carabela and closely resembled the former US made Kaiser Manhatten . In 1962 production was begun on an Argentinian AMC Rambler, called the Torino and the Carabela was discontinued. In 1967 Renault of France gained a controling interest in this firm and finally acquired the company outright. Renaults are still being produced in Argentina. A good representative model of the Torino was made by Buby and can be found occasionally at toy shows on the secondary market.
AMC Torino - Buby