If you’ve been on the hunt for a great barn find in your town, but haven’t been able to find one, we suggest going to your local estate sales. You never know what you might find hidden away in an old garage or shed. This 1961 Borgward Isabella TS Deluxe was just recently discovered while the current owner was at an estate sale. This unique German car has been parked in this garage since the early ’80s. The seller decided to buy the car and give it a chance at being saved, so they listed it here on eBay without a reserve.
After pulling it from the garage and cleaning it up, it looks decent. Borgwards are known for their curvy lines and unique looks, which this TS has plenty of. The company was started by Carl Borgward in 1954, although he was already building cars under the Goliath, Hansa, and Lloyd names. Carl’s companies were successful off and on for the next decade, but by ’61 the Borgward Group ceased production and liquidated. This was likely one of the last German Borgwards ever built.
The original owner moved to the States from Germany and wanted a car they were familiar with, so a Borgward seemed like a great choice. They took good care of the car, as seen by this interior, which is still wearing the plastic seat covers the original owner installed. When the owner passed away in ’75, they passed it on to their son. The car was regularly maintained until it was parked in ’84 and all the original documentation is still with the car to prove it.
The 1.5L straight four only produced 60 hp in base trim, but the TS models had horsepower pumped up to 75. This engine hasn’t run for many years and the seller hasn’t tried to get it running. Hopefully it isn’t seized or severely damaged, as it could be a challenge to find parts.
The seller maybe trying to flip this car for a profit, but at least they’ve listed the car without a reserve. These great little cars have a dedicated fan base with many knowledgeable and helpful clubs all over the world. Given the condition of the body and undercarriage, this project may be as simple as getting the engine running and the brakes working. Although you never really know until you start working on the car. After seeing this Estate Sale Find, we are thinking that we better start going to more of our local estate sales. Anyone have any great Estate Sale Find stories?