The Traburg Is On An East German Mission From God

When it comes to the question of tuning communist cars, creativity quickly becomes the most important quality of the engineering team. Even it that only consists of a few buddies with hammers and beers in their hands. Sure, you can always bring a classic Lada's engine up to 160+ horses with a limited slip… » 2/06/13 5:20pm 2/06/13 5:20pm

Show Us The Weirdest And Best Communist Sports Cars

For some reason, the commies weren't really into sports cars. Maybe driving for something other than to transport political prisoners around seemed like a waste of precious resources. No matter, this didn't stop the engineers of the nationalized factories from creating beautiful machines from the bits and pieces they… » 12/12/12 3:00pm 12/12/12 3:00pm

This Ferrari has left the American sector

Now here’s some parallel parking with a heavy political vibe. A Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, rendered gray and graceless by the German tuning company Hamann, parked on the East Berlin side of Checkpoint Charlie, the famous fortified hole which used to connect the two sides of Berlin across the Wall. Things have certainly… » 9/09/11 4:30pm 9/09/11 4:30pm

Ich Bin Ein Wartburg: History Of The Eisenach Wonder

We're quick to make fun of the Wartburg, but in fact the plastic-bodied two-stroke emblem of Warsaw Pact automotive misery was the descendant of an interesting lineage stretching back to the 1890s. The tale of the Wartburg starts with the mighty car-building prowess of Fahrzeugfabrik Eisenach AG, then twists and turns… » 7/10/07 3:45pm 7/10/07 3:45pm

5 Passengers and 57 Footballs: Wartburg!

A while back, the esteemed Murilee Martin brought us a gem of a find: the Wartburg 1000. Now we bring you another shiny diamond, like the eyes of Katarina Witt in the black and blue: yes, it's the Wartburg 1000! With room for 57 soccer balls in the trunk and five passengers in the cabin, der Wartburg 1000 ist echt… » 2/28/07 9:30pm 2/28/07 9:30pm