On the Baltic Sea island of Rügen, classic car expert Christoph Bauer drives a lovely old car with a lovely name: the Borgward Isabella. Built in 1954, it was the dream child of engineer and industrialist Carl F. W. Borgward.
The German sport sedan was born! In the 1950s, the Isabella was a cut above the competition in Germany -- in terms of both looks and technology. The car was both family-friendly and fun to drive. It could go from 0 to 100 kilometers an hour in 25 seconds and had a top speed of 135 kilometers an hour. That might not sound very impressive today, but in the '50s the Isabella could overtake more than half the cars on German roads.