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View Poll Results: Pretty, but cool?
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Oh for God's sake.
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It's uncool. The one pictured is probably from about 2002. Nobody knows what it is, nobody cares, nobody wants one. Nobody ever said "I think I'll swap my Gordon Keeble for a Wartburg."
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East German 2-stroke motoring chic?

Amazing how they could make something like that in the 50s and yet
the 353 "update" was basically the same car with a nastier bodyshell.
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Last one I saw was in the early nineties in Wolfsburg and it was being driven over by a monster truck . Not cool.
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Steve have you gone completely barking mad?

At least you are filling up the uncool sections
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This one belongs on the Berlin Wall.
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Never heard of it. Terrible name, generic but somehow slightly odd styling.
Uncool, and in that colour scheme, seriously uncool.
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It has to be one of the easiest "seriously uncool" decisions we've ever had!

SIF - what on earth were you thinking when you voted it cool??? Forgot your meds again?

Dreadful car.
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Fugly cool.
Wouldn't want one, but cool car all the same.
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I hate it but it is a 'on the fence' category for me between cool and uncool. If as KB suggests (I have no idea of its age) it is a 2002 car then it is a failure and seriously stupidly uncool.
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I hate it but it is a 'on the fence' category for me between cool and uncool. If as KB suggests (I have no idea of its age) it is a 2002 car then it is a failure and seriously stupidly uncool.
Quote from Wikipedia:
The Wartburg 311 was a car produced by East German car manufacturer VEB Automobilwerk Eisenach from 1956 to 1965.
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Oh Gosh, so uncool
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I was going through a phase.
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Have to agree with SIF on this one, its the paint combo that makes it cool for me
 
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Cheers mate, for reminding me of many good laughs as a kid about a local guy who was driving a Wartburg.

He was considered to be the “village idiot”, mostly because he was a true believer of the contemporary East German Communist dictatorship, and for that reason he "had to" drive a faded, old Wartburg 311 (“estate”).

The Wartburg 311 had a 3 cylinder 2 stroke engine, meaning that the petrol had to be mixed with oil for lubrication.

The smell of the exhaust was horrific. The engine noise was even worse.

The gear box had no synchromesh, so double declutching was necessary (= when shifting to a lower gear the driver has to apply the clutch, move the gear leaver into neutral, let go of the clutch, press the accelerator to raise the RPM so that the engine speed matches the gearbox speed together with the road speed, apply the clutch again, and only then move the gear leaver to the lower gear.
Almost the same procedure when shifting up, except that he has to make sure that the RPM has fallen sufficiently before moving the leaver to the gear he wants).

All this was of cause seriously obsolete in the late 1960'es.

I can’t imagine any of the terrible Wartburg 311 was ever imported into the UK, because of the huge British car industry in the 1950’es and 1960’es. Shortly after the Berlin Wall came down, the Wartburg production stopped. There was no way this brand could compete on the open marked.

Seriously uncool

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