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'84 Wartburg from "The Lives of Others"

If you’re a lover of East German cars (and who isn’t?) you should watch the wonderful 2006 movie The Lives of Others. Here we see one of the main characters entering the gate at East Berlin party headquarters in his 1984 Wartburg 353W; there’s also a bevy of Trabants, a nasty-looking Polish Zuk A07 B van, and assorted other Iron Curtain vehicles. I also highly recommend the movie.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


  • Alan Bedenko

    I always marveled how Wartburgs were manufactured in the Eisenach factory that briefly built pre-war BMWs. Although the Trabant gets all the iconic attention, the Wartburg was just as two-strokey and just as made from fiberglass.

  • Joseph Coppola

    WHEN I WAS STATIONED IN ITALY I HAD A FIAT PANDA. IT HAS A 2 CYLINDER ENGINE AND A UNSYNCRONIZED GEAR BOX. I THINK THE BODY WAS MADE OUT OF RECYCLED BIRRA PERRONI CANS. IT GOT YOU WHERE YOU NEEDED TO GO AND IN NAPLES, PARKING IS A PRIMIUM.