by R.M. Clarke
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Carl F. W. Borgward, the proprietor of the Hansa, Lloyd and Goliath marques, announced the new 11/2-litre saloon in 1954. During final testing it was dubbed 'Isabella', up to then it was known as the 'new' Hansa 1500, in fact as late as 1957 the Hansa 1500 logo was on the grille. The engine was a three-bearing, in line four with a capacity of 1493cc.
May 1955 saw a Combi estate and 1955 TS model. Bridging the TS saloon and coupe was the TS De Luxe. The 1959 models were longer and wider. Officially the last Isabella was made in September 1961. After legal problems manufacture was transferred to West Germany and then Mexico in 1964-5.
This book is a collection of road tests, driving impressions, model introductions, technical data. Models covered are: 1500, TS, Combi, TS coupe, TS convertible, 2.3, TS75, 230 Six GL.
Brooklands Books Ltd "Road Test" books provide a wide range and collection of road tests, comparison tests, new model introductions, long term tests, and other articles taken from the world's leading motoring magazines. The Limited Edition series deal mostly with makes and models of a highly specialised nature and are generally printed in small quantities. Each book has 92 pages and around 200 illustrations.
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