Wartburg 353 Rally Trans Team Wartburg (1:43, Deagostini)

  • Wartburg 353 Rally Trans Team Wartburg (from 1979)
  • Deagostini
  • 1:43
  • Showcase model / No engine
  • mixed
  • Weiß mit roten Streifen
  • In near mint condition
  • Original packaging does not exist
  • Not for sale
 
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About the Wartburg 353 (1975-1988)

The Wartburg 353, an East German car, was produced from 1975-1988. It was developed by engineers from VEB Automobilwerk Eisenach, including Gunter Kunert and Herbert Schwabe. The Wartburg 353 was available as a sedan and estate and was one of the most commonly used vehicles in the GDR. The car was known for its reliability and relative ease of maintenance. The Wartburg 353 was powered by a three-cylinder two-stroke engine with 992 cc (60.4 cubic inches) displacement, producing 50 horsepower. The vehicle reached a top speed of 120 km/h (74.5 mph) and had a manual 4-speed transmission. Its predecessor, the Wartburg 312, was introduced in 1965, paving the way for the 353 series models.


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Success in Motorsport

The Wartburg 353 also made a mark in motorsport. The Wartburg team excelled in rallying with the Wartburg 353, showcasing success and consistency. Drivers like Günther Schneider and Jörg Kröger were well-known figures who piloted these vehicles in competitions. The sturdy construction and simple technology of the Wartburg made it a reliable companion on challenging rally tracks, securing numerous podium finishes. Despite its modest origins, the Wartburg 353 was able to compete against significantly more powerful Western vehicles, gaining recognition in motorsport circles.

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The 1/43 Scale Miniature Model by Deagostini

The showcased model of the Wartburg 353 Rally Trans Team Wartburg is in a 1/43 scale and was manufactured by Deagostini. It belongs to the collection of Modelly member "ost-modell-sammler" and represents a detailed replica of the original. The miniature is made from mixed materials, combining plastic and metal to ensure the structure and stability of the model. The model is crafted with utmost precision to reflect the charm and accuracy of the actual vehicle. The distinctive Rally Trans markings and the true-to-scale reproduction of the original emblem are clearly visible on the model.

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Visual Details and Paintwork of the Model

In the photos, it's evident that the model features a two-tone paintwork. The vehicle is presented in white with red accents, corresponding to the rally design of the original. Notably, the meticulous details like the red stripes along the body and the type designations "RALLYE TRANS" and "WARTBURG" on the side doors are standout features. Even more striking are the special warning markings on the sides of the cargo area, indicating the original's function as a rally service vehicle. While sponsor decals are not visible on this model, there are numerous stickers that seemingly reflect the service vehicle perfectly. Another remarkable aspect is the detailed chassis and the true-to-life wheels, enhancing the authenticity of the model.

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The Fascination of Model Cars for Collectors

For model car collectors, this Wartburg 353 model offers a captivating piece of contemporary history. The detailed 1/43 scale replica by Deagostini is not just a visual delight but also a successful reproduction of an important vehicle from motorsport history. The miniature impresses with carefully crafted details and high-quality material mix that makes the model sturdy and durable. In the collection of "ost-modell-sammler," the model seamlessly blends in, providing fans of the Wartburg brand and motorsport enthusiasts with a realistic insight into the technology and design of the original. Collectors worldwide appreciate the precision and attention to detail embedded in this model.


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