Everyone has their idiosyncratic car fetishes, and for me it’s space utilization. That’s part of why I love mid-engine designs so much, especially on non-sports cars. It’s so hard to do right, but when it happens, the packaging becomes sublime. That’s why I’m so taken with these stillborn mid-engined Wartburg prototypes.
If you even know about Wartburg at all, chances are you don’t think of them as being a particularly innovative company. Of the two major East German cars (the other being the Trabant), Wartburg was the fancy option, though it was still a three-cylinder two stroke based on an ancient DKW.