Have you ever heard of the 1954 Borgward Isabella? I can confidently say that until recently, I ignored absolutely everything about this German car manufacturer, which disappeared under unfortunate circumstances in 1961. The monocoque cars were seen as the BMWs of the time, with excellent handling, direction and brakes (drums, but still) and small but lively engine. They were available as four-door station wagons, as well as sedans, as as two-door coupes. These are undoubtedly the models that made them the most popular. Unfortunately, these cars were not priced very aggressively, and thus never had the exposure or sales that their merits deserved.
The 1954 Borgward Isabella was powered by a small four-cylinder engine with a modest displacement of 1.5-liters. It developed, under the best circumstances, only 75 horsepower, but it was enough. The Isabella could reach the top speed of 95 mph, and accelerate to 60 in 17.4 seconds. The acceleration figure is particularly bad, but it doesn’t reflect the Isabella’s excellent handling and surprising pick-up power..
Although it’s not a car that has made automotive history, the 1954 Borgward Isabella was a good-looking car that was fun to drive, and certainly deserves to be remembered.