Sightseeing – Borgward Isabella Coupe and TS Sedan

Some makes and models of older cars are so obscure that the most common way to find them is as a sun-baked hulk in someone’s yard. Such is often the case with Borgward, a Bremen, Germany-based manufacturer of upper-middle-class luxury cars that slotted in the gap between Mercedes and VW/Opel. With a top speed of over 80mph, 4-wheel independent suspension, a hydraulic clutch, and more competitive features, it was quite a nice car in its day, and fairly successful with production of just over 200,000 cars. Unfortunately, the parent company failed to take advantage of economies of scale across its four divisions (Borgward, Hansa, Goliath, and Lloyd), and thanks to this and a slump in demand at home and abroad, went bankrupt in 1961. The current seller of this Borgward Isabella coupe, for sale for $900 in East Los Angeles, CA, will probably also not be clearing a profit on his car.

1958 Borgward Isabella coupe for sale

While the car looks rather sun-baked, it seems to have limited rust, and some boxes of parts inside. But the truly interesting part of this listing would be the opportunity to visit a collector of cars who is perhaps trying to cull his collection. In the background, some late 1970s Fords, a Volvo 240 sedan, Mercedes ponton sedan, and VW Quantum are visible. And what’s that wagon behind the Volvo? A Peugeot 504?

1958 Borgward Isabella TS sedan for sale

The seller’s collection also includes this Borgward Isabella TS sedan, listed for sale without a price for parts in East Los Angeles, CA. Although this car is far from resurrection, it has some really beautiful metal trim castings, including the grill diamond and hood ornament. Going out to see these cars is definitely a situation for careful judgement, as you don’t want to waste the seller’s time, but this can also be a great opportunity to uncover a more feasible but interesting project.


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One Response to “Sightseeing – Borgward Isabella Coupe and TS Sedan”

  1. polo Says:

    me gustaria ver mas fotos del o de los borgwards

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