A German automobile manufacturer founded by Carl F. W. Borgward.
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Germany. 1939-1961

Borgward was a German automobile manufacturer founded by Carl F. W. Borgward. The company was based in Bremen.

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The first "automobile" Carl Borgward designed was the Blitzkarren, a tiny three-wheeled van with only two horsepower.

In 1929 Borgward became the director of Hansa Lloyd AG and led the development of the Hansa Konsul. In February 1937 came the new Hansa Borgward 2000 and in 1939 the name was shortened to Borgward 2000. The 2000 model was followed by the Borgward 2300 that remained in production until 1942.

Production of the Borgward Isabella began in 1954. The Isabella would become Borgward's most popular model and remained in production for the life of the company.

Borgward introduced a line of 1500 cc sports racers in the late 1950s.

Financial problems appeared because Carl Borgward allowed the different makes to act independently, practicing no joint development or sharing of parts. While Borgward pioneered technical novelties in the German market such as air suspension and automatic transmission, the four makes competed against companies like Opel and Volkswagen that increased production yearly and lowered prices. Borgward suffered quality problems as well.

In 1961 the company was forced into liquidation by creditors though Carl Borgward insisted the company was solvent. Events proved him right and all the creditors were fully paid off.

In July 1963 Carl Borgward died, two years after his company went bankrupt.

(text source: Wikipedia)


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