It still amazes us how many of the barn finds we come across are being sold because the owner parked the car with the dream of someday restoring it, but never got around to it. That’s the case with this 1958 Borgward Isabella Coupe, which has had the last three owners buy and park the car with the dream of restoring it one day. Well that day has still yet to come, so the current owner has decided to move it on in hopes that the next owner will actually do it. If your up for taking on this project, find it here on eBay.
Restoring a car is an expensive and often difficult process, which likely explains why so many cars never get finished. Sometimes best intentions can do more damage to a car than anything else, but thankfully this car has been stored indoors and hasn’t been messed with. The previous owner bought the car after finding it parked, but simply moved it into their large collection of cars that were parked in their estate and this car was among those cars that were sold off after their death. Just as the two previous owners had done, the current owner parked the car indoors and left it to sit.
The interior looks to be in nice shape but could benefit from a good cleaning. The driver’s seat is in need of repairs, but a good upholstery shop should be able to fix it without recovering the seat. One other major issue we see is the damaged windshield, but thankfully the seller has a replacement that comes with the car. A little work and this interior could look like new.
This car still has its original 1.5 liter straight four, which still runs smoothly. However, the seller states that while it runs the oil pressure is very low. This could be a big issue or a simple fix, but will likely involve pulling at least part of the engine apart to find out. The seller does have a couple of extra engines that are included with the car, plus boxes of parts for it. This should make this project a bit easier. Borgward’s engine was known for its reliability and quality, so it’s no surprise that it still runs after all these years. We just hope that it can be kept running for at least another 50 years.
We’ve come to love the looks of the Borgward Isabella Coupe and we think we would enjoy having this one. It is in need of some work, but looks to be a good starting point and all the extra parts are a huge bonus. It would be a struggle deciding whether to restore it or leave it original and just get it running and driving. A car is only original once, right? We don’t care which route the next owner takes as long as they actually get the car back on the road instead of letting it sit. What would you do with it? Restore it or leave it original?