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Lovely old Borgward Isabella

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.

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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.