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Sunday, March 13, 2011

1950s Borgward Isabella by SE Modell for Solido 1:43 scale

A 1950s Borgward Isabella, made by SE Modell for Solido, France in 1:43 scale.

Some facts from Wikipedia:
Borgward Isabella TS 1961The Borgward Isabella is a medium-sized, two-door
saloon that was manufactured by the Bremen based auto-manufacturer Carl F. W.
Borgward GmbH from 1954-1962. Initially, the car was badged — like its
predecessor — as the Hansa 1500, but within the company it was known from the
beginning by the code name, Isabella (not after Carl Borgward's wife whose name
was Elisabeth), and cars produced after 1957 bore the ‘Isabella’ name, inscribed
eye catchingly within the rhombus at the centre of the front grill: in
retrospect, the car produced from 1954 is known as the Isabella to differentiate
it from the (first) Hansa 1500/1800 which the company produced from 1949-1954.
Despite its aspirational positioning in the marketplace, the Isabella had a
smaller engine (and was marginally shorter) than its immediate predecessor. Late
in 1952, the firm had launched their six cylinder Hansa 2400 model. The larger
car never found many buyers; but in 1954, it made commercial sense to keep the
two models from competing too directly with each other.