1974 Wartburg Knight from UK and Ireland
Wish I'd kept it
Developed an unhealthy appetite for speedometers! Got through at least 4.
Door cards warped and got ripped by window winder handles.
Solid and reliable. Never let me down on the road. (Apart from the speedometers!)
Used it to push mate's Ford Zodiac 10 miles with the front bumper.
Parts were almost free! £1.50 for a complete headlight. (See Zodiac comment...)
Frighteningly fast on motorways with the free-wheel gearbox. Once overtook a police car at 100mph+ with the engine at tickover!
Body work was only a bit more solid than a beans can though.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 8th March, 2008
19th Feb 2009, 17:40
100 MPH with a two-stroke wartburg? Downhill, right? :rolleyes:
9th Apr 2009, 17:03
Many years ago I was begged to take a horsey lady to Tewksbury Car Auctions as she needed another car. (old one needed hundreds of pounds worth of welding to pass the MOT) The desired vehicle was a Volvo estate but they all made big money. The only car within her budget was the Wartburg Knight Estate. This was won for not too much money and it was a super car ideal for carrying bales of hay. I got her to buy a 5 gallon drum of 2T oil and showed her how to dose the petrol. Sadly I seem to remember the cars eventual demise resulted from someone not adding oil. (car lent to a "friend"?) Years later I owned an Audi 100 estate and definitely felt a case of deja-vu, no free-wheel but everything else felt so similar to the Wartburg. Perhaps governments should encourage free-wheels as these will reduce CO2 emissions. No need to spend billions on researching new technology as the old technology worked perfectly!