Another car that I saw at the Technik Museum Speyer that I had heard of, but had never seen before, was the Isabella Coupe. The car shown was a 1958 model. The Borgward Isabella is a medium-sized car that was manufactured by Carl F. W. Borgward GmbH in Bremen, Germany from 1954-1962.
Borgward Isabella Coupe at Technik Museum Speyer
The Borgward Isabella had a 75 horsepower 1493cc inline 4 cylinder OHV engine of 75 x 84.5 mm bore and stroke with a single downdraft carburetor, fitted to an extremely short intake manifold inside the rocker box. This approach made the Borgward Isabella look like it had an OHC engine. The Borgward Isabella had a top speed in the 85 – 90 mph range.
Borgward Isabella Engine
The car was rather light so it was able to get about 34 miles per gallon.
The Borgward Isabella in Profile
The Borgward Isabella had a four-speed column-mounted transmission. The interior was rather spartan in comparison to the stylish exterior.
Ignore the Tacky Dice Hanging From the Mirror
The body of the Borgward Isabella has a certain 1950s American look to it. The body was a unit construction body with separate front and rear sub frames. The front suspension featured unequal wishbones, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers, and an anti roll bar. At the rear the car had a fully independent swing axle, with featuring coil springs, and telescopic shock absorbers. Drum brakes were provided on both the front and back wheels.
The Rear Deck of the Borgward Isabella Looks Large
Borgward declared a controversial bankruptcy in 1961. The Government of the state of Bremen (where Borgwards were built) claimed that Borgward was insolvent,and then effectively compulsorily acquired the company. Evidently some schemes which might have saved the firm were ignored, putting the cars out of production and selling up the assets. All creditors were paid in full, which suggests that the company might not have been insolvent.