Borgward Isabella racing at Goodwood Revival

Borgward Isabella

This project started with the owners interest in the marque after reading about its success in the 1957 British Saloon Car Champonship in the hands of Bill Blydenstein. The unusual nature of this car appealed to the organisers of the Goodwood Revival meeting and it gained an entry to the event.

The car was bought as a wreck having been stored for many years in a barn. Much of the floor and seals had to be replaced before the car was transformed into the class winner above.

Back in 1957 the Isabella could achieve a lap of Goodwood in 1.57, today this car can lap the circuit in 1.49.

Key points carried out by CSR on this project included:

  • Shell rebuilt from £200 EBay wreck
  • Rebuilt and modified suspension
  • Installed rollcage
  • Lightened where possible
  • Engine and gearbox rebuilds

CSR run the car for the owner including, storing, transporting, preparing and servicing.

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What is a Borgward Isabella?

Borward Isabella racing carThe Borgward group where based in Bremen, West Germany. Originally a manufacturer of automotive components and later cars after the second World War. The Isabella was produced from 1954 – 1961 when the company went bankrupt.

The Isabella has a monocoque construction with a swing axle at the back supported by coil springs on all four wheels. The four-cylinder 1493 cc engine had 60 bhp, a hydraulic clutch and four speed full synchromesh gear box using a column mounted lever.

Borward Isabella racing car


Seals replaced and roll cage going in


Roll cage being fitted.


Front suspension before renovation.


Back from the paint shop ready for reassembly.


Interior almost completed.


The Isabella’s immaculate engine-bay.