Factory service manual for the Borgward Isabella. The type of information contained in this workshop manual include general servicing, maintenance and minor repairs, advanced repairs and rebuild guides. Topics include Engine, Gearbox, Differential, Suspension, Steering, Brakes, Interior Fittings, Exterior Fittings, Body Panels and Electrical Systems with wiring diagrams.
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The Borgward Isabella is a car manufactured by the automobile manufacturer Carl F. W. Borgward GmbH, based in Bremen, from 1954 to 1962.
Isabella should have been marketed as Borgward Hansa 1500, but the name Isabella was used on test vehicles and became popular with the engineering team and the media. The production car was later renamed and only the first hundreds of specimens were built without the Isabella emblem. The Hansa emblem was also used until 1957.
Despite its aspirational position on the market, Isabella had a smaller engine (and was a little shorter) than its immediate predecessor, Borgward Hansa. In late 1952, the company launched its six-cylinder Hansa 2400 model. The larger car never found many buyers; but in 1954, it made commercial sense to prevent the two models from competing too directly with each other.
11,150 Isabellas were produced in 1954, a first indicator that commercially this would be the most successful Borgward of all time. The first cars had an enthusiastic reception in the market. Unfortunately, the first models were hit by teething problems, reflecting a hasty development schedule, and the market would later prove relentless as a rival to Stuttgart-based Borgward, Daimler-Benz demonstrated that the new models need not involve customers who go through such problems.
The announced launch price of DM 7,265 was higher than that of competing family sedans from Opel and Ford, but significantly less than Mercedes-Benz was asking for the 180 model. In view of the spacious cabin and the car’s impressive performance , the price was considered very competitive. A road test at launch reported a top speed of 130 km / h (81 mph) and fuel consumption of 8.4 l / 100 km. The testers described the modern structure of the car in some detail: they particularly liked the large cabin with its large windows and praised the effectiveness of the brakes. The inclusion of a lighter and a watch also received a favorable mention. Unlike the Mercedes 180, however, (and unlike its predecessor), the Isabella was only delivered with two doors.
The Isabella was built without a separate chassis, applying the monocoque technique that during the 1950s was becoming the norm. Like its predecessor, the car was designed with a modern pontoon, three-box design, but the Isabella line was more curvaceous than that of the first Hansa, and the body of the car made more use of chrome finishes. The ground clearance was 6.9 “.
The Isabella had a rotating axle at the rear: it was supported by helical springs on the four wheels. The 1493 cc four-cylinder engine had a claimed power of 60 bhp (45 kW) and was connected via an innovative hydraulic clutch to the fully synchronized four-speed gearbox. Gear changes were made using a column-mounted lever.
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