If you’ve heard the horror story of old school Eastern Bloc bread lines, let me tell you about the wait to buy a basic economy car if you were a private citizen in socialist East Germany. It could take 10 to 15 years to receive delivery of a basic front-engine front-wheel-drive wagon that was powered by a 993cc two-stroke 3-cylinder engine if you weren’t an elite member of your local Politburo. Imagine ordering this next car in 1968 and getting delivery in 1983…not that you could tell anything was different in styling or features or safety. Find this 1983 Wartburg 353 offered for € 4,000 ($4215 USD) in Sellingen, the Netherlands via AutoScout24.nl. Tip from John W.
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