After World Struggle II, Germany was break up into two; East Germany and West Germany. The previous was occupied by the Soviet Union and employed communist ideologies, whereas the latter employed anti-communist ideologies. A break up Germany would exist from 1945-1989, a time during which Soviet-controlled East Germany confronted many financial hardships. Throughout that point, although, the Soviets took management of factories and manufacturing crops in East German territory, even when they have been beforehand owned by West Germany firms. For example, a BMW manufacturing facility within the East German city of Eisenach was taken over by the Soviets and rebranded EMW (Eisenach Moterenwerk).
Together with the rebrand, the Roundel brand was modified as properly, swapping the Bavarian blue out for pink, and was slapped onto the hoods of recommissioned pre-war BMWs. Automobiles just like the BMW 327 from the 1930s have been being rebuilt and bought as EMWs within the 1950s, lengthy after they’d be thought of aggressive available in the market. Naturally, BMW wasn’t very pleased about this. Fortunately for BMW, it didn’t final too lengthy, because the Eisenach plant started producing extra trendy Wartburg’s as a substitute, within the mid ‘1950s.
Now that the 2 Germanys are again collectively once more, the Soviet Union now not exists, and the Berlin Wall fell, EMW is simply one other Chilly Struggle relic. Nevertheless, it is going to all the time be a bizarre, complicated, and troublesome a part of BMW’s historical past. Due to that, the only a few EMW fashions that also exist are price fairly a bit of cash and are extremely wanted by many BMW collectors. Admittedly, the thought of proudly owning what was basically stolen property, constructed by the Soviets, throughout a time of nice financial bother might sound a bit problematic for some.
Nonetheless, the thought of proudly owning an odd a part of automotive historical past that nearly no fanatics are conscious of is sort of fascinating.