Over the summer I went and saw The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Taking place in East Germany in 1963 the streets were flooded with Trabbi’s and Warburg’s. But one of the first scenes was Alica Vikander’s character working on her black and White Wartburg. That’s when I fell in love with the car. The car chase scene with it didn’t help my cause either. The first thing I did was look up everything about the car when I got home. Which led me to going on EBay and Scoring this DeAGOSTINI 1/43 model of the 312. I couldn’t get it in black like the movie car(if I ever see one it’s mine) but the red was to nice to pass up. After waiting a week I got a package from Romania(it wasn’t blood) it finally came.
The Wartburg 312 was produced between 1956-1965 by VEB Automobilwerk Eisenach. The 312 came later on with a beefed up 992 cc 3 cylinder two stroke engine opposed the the old 900cc engine that originally came with the car the first few years.
In my opinion this was a much nicer alternative to a Trabant. Not only by build quality, but looks wise it was better to look at.
A majority of the 311's and 312's were two tone. I have rarely found photos of the cars all one color.
I love the Wartburg logo on the trunk. It kinda has a VW vibe to it. But it’s from the other side of the wall.
I had to post a black and white shot for the authenticity.
This car helped a lot of struggling people get to their destination in its time. It truly is a car of the people. As you all know East Germany in 1963 was not a safe place. So this car and the Trabant were there when the fellow man could not. I get a ton of hate from a few friends for liking East German cars. My response is always “never hate the son because of his father alone”. Much like the Beetle, it has a Dark past. But you can’t hate a car that impacted so many people’s lives in a positive way.
This model has me interested in the possibility of purchasing more DeAGOSTINI models in the future. This car even came with a little book and poster. I find little stuff like that awesome because it brings you a little closer to the car
It’s not in English so you are forced to be that guy who only looks at the pictures, but for being how cool it is... It’s not a problem.
Im also going to post a link to YouTube for anybody curious to see this cool guy’s custom Wartburg. You can also catch a glimpse of the later Wartburg pick-up in back of his garage.
Thanks for the read! Hopefully this will make a few of you curious to learn more about the car. You can also catch it in The new movie “The Man From U.N.C.L.E”