Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Copenhagen area
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.
Last edited by EngholmP; 18-10-14 at 13:06.