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Wartburg Die Cast Models 1:18


The name "Wartburg" derives from Wartburg Castle on one of the hills overlooking the town of Eisenach where the cars were manufactured. The marque dates back to 1898 when a car made by Automobilwerk Eisenach was named the Wartburgwagen. The name was dropped in 1904 when the company changed hands but re-appeared briefly in the early 1930s on the BMW 3/15 DA-3 Wartburg, which was BMW's first sports car.

From the 1950s, Wartburgs had a three-cylinder two-stroke engine with only seven moving parts (three pistons, three connecting rods and one crankshaft). Exports to West Germany started in 1958, and by the early 1960s Wartburg cars were exported to many other countries, including the United Kingdom and United States.

Production ended in 1991, as German reunification spelt its end. The factory was acquired by Opel in 1991. There are still many cars in drivable condition and Wartburg owners' clubs exist throughout Europe. Many Wartburgs are still used as rally racing cars.
1988 - 1.3
1965 - 353
1956 - 311 / 312
1957 - 313