Cool or Rubbish is back after long time with a car from East Germany, the Wartburg 353.
Communist cars and quality are two words that can be rarely found in the same sentence, the Wartburg 353 anyway has some good peculiarities.
The 353 is the Wartburg model that was produced for longer time among the vehicles of this DDR's brand, from 1965 to 1989, with a few restyling and some variant through its 24 years career.
The car was a medium range saloon, with room enough for five people, a reasonably capable boot and a little too angular design. Nevertheless the 353 looks quite nice, the interior are refined and confortable for a car supposed to be cheap, there's no leather but fabric either on the poliretane foam seats and on the cockpit. The dashboard was quite simple but featuring an horizontal speedometer, which is always cool, and electric wipers.
The engine is nothing to be excited for, a three cylinder two stroke, placed frontally, and capable of giving to the car a top speed of 125/130 kmh.
The transmission had a freewheel system, which helped to change gear but sadly overheated the brakes. Three major models were made, the four doors Saloon, an Estate/station wagon called Tourists and a two doors pick up called Trans.
I don't know why but I kinda like it, even if on paper doesn't look great. The Saloon is nothing special but still nice to look at, and despite the fact the Estate looks a little like an hearse I think it's cool. Anyway I'm not really reliable about because I have a weakness for this stuff, so...
What do you think? Cool or Rubbish?