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Pick of the Day: 1960 Borgward Isabella TS coupe

Make a splash with this German “Oldtimer”


The success of the Volkswagen Beetle in America led to the proliferation of imports from across the globe. Most were very practical vehicles that would be more attractive to your typical Rambler customer than someone drawn to the contemporary style and size that was prevalent in the American market at the time.

1960 Borgward Isabella TS Coupe
1960 Borgward Isabella TS coupe

But foreign manufacturers also offered their more stylish models to John Q. Public. This Borgward Isabella TS coupe was one of the nicest of the era, which is why it’s the ClassicCars.com Pick of the Day. It’s listed for sale by a dealer in the Netherlands with facilities in Linden, New Jersey. (Click the link to view the listing)

1960 Borgward Isabella TS coupe
1960 Borgward Isabella TS coupe

While the name Borgward seems to challenge the tongue of English speakers, the German company actually sold a decent number of automobiles in America in that brief period when it seemed everyone was trying to conquer the American automobile market. In fact, R.L. Polk & Co. shows 4,619 Borgwards were newly registered in the U.S. in 1960. That’s even more than the number of Porsches registered in the States that year! Of course, this example is an original Euro-spec example.

1960 Borgward Isabella TS coupe
1960 Borgward Isabella TS coupe

The monocoque Isabella was introduced in the summer of 1954 and was popular as a two-door sedan, combi (wagon), and pickup. Special versions were introduced within the next several years, including  the TS cabriolet, and the TS 2+2 coupe and cabriolet. Regular models were powered by a 1493cc four-cylinder engines with 60 horsepower, with TS models featuring an upgraded version with 75 horses. Over 200,000 Isabellas had been built through 1962 by the time the manufacturer went bankrupt.

1960 Borgward Isabella TS coupe
1960 Borgward Isabella TS coupe

Isabella coupes have been on the American auction scene for quite some time, so they’re not as esoteric as one may believe. This restored Iceland Blue example reportedly has been maintained by a former Borgward engineer for the past 14 years. Seller says this example “is now both optically and technically in good condition,” though the two-tone interior “has some traces of use here and there, which are completely in line with a classic from the 1960s.” Asking price is $46,950, with shipping to New Jersey costing an additional $1800. Best of all, you can pay in U.S. funds to a local bank so there will not be any exchange rate issues.  

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.


  1. I have seen this car before on the market unless I am having a deja vu from growing up in the Netherlands where this model was quite ubiquitous…Certain ladies who supported themselves as girlfriends from sugar daddies ( as they are called now) showed off dressed in Cardin with large hats , long cigarette holders and cute black or white poodles etc etc and they were always quiet a sight to behold. The name of the car fit perfectly ! Looking at it now the design grows on you as it represents an era in up and coming postwar Europe -especially in Wirtschaffwunder West Germany- that feels very nostalgic!

  2. Avoid Borgward at all costs as you would Peugeot or Renault! Pure garbage! My ’31 Buick has as much or more guts than the Borgward I bought in the ’60’s. Nothing but problems. And if you want to know how I really feel about them………………..

  3. A local guy in Lodi California daily drove one of these for many years back in the 90s early 2000s and still owns it to this day but I think he just couldn’t repair it anymore. Then he started driving his 58 Edsel


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