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Borgward Isabella


Borgward Isabella

Widely regarded as one of the most elegant cars ever produced, the Borgward Isabella was incredibly advanced for the 1950s. Based on the earlier Hansa model, it was offered as a saloon, estate or delivery van. In 1955, the stunning coupe model appeared, with gorgeous curves and glamorous chrome adornments. Borgwards were incredibly well-built and survival rates are good, with thriving owners clubs across the world. It had incredible noise insulation for its time, and while the engine lacked power, the car had a sporting feel thanks to excellent steering and predictable handling. The unusual 'Isabella' name came about when company boss Carl Borgward covered the badges of a prototype to disguise it from any prying eyes, using decals bearing the name of his wife! Production finished in 196 2 after over 200,000 examples had been built.

Borgward Isabella Specifications

Top Speed:93 mph (149 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):16.0 sec
Engine type:in-line four
Displacement:91 ci (1,493 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:82 bhp (61 kW) at 5,200 rpm
Max torque:84 lb ft (113 Nm) at 3,000 rpm
Weight:2,320 lb (1,044 kg)
Economy:33mpg (11.8 km/I)
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