Borgward Traumwagen: aluminum the miracle of the future

Borgward Traumwagen: aluminum the miracle of the future


At that time, both in the United States have imposed a futuristic concept car dealerships all 1950-1960-ies, Europe remained more conservative and careful in the design and technological delights. One of the few companies that have built something incredible was the West German firm Borgward.

Borgward Traumwagen

In 1929, Carl Bovard became CEO of a car company Hansa-Lloyd, and later “pulled” over the reins, turning it into his brand (or rather, the company has worked with four independent brands – Borgward, Hansa, Lloyd, and Goliath). Under the leadership of Borgward Traumwagen appeared some very successful models, including a relatively well-known Borgward Isabella.

Borgward Traumwagen car
Isabella has brought the brand worldwide fame and exports, even in the United States. The company started to build trucks and even swings at the “formula,” organized sports division and making the cars for the junior series. But the most famous experiment heyday was, of course, the concept car Borgward Traumwagen, built under the direction of engineer Erich Yuberlakera.

Borgward Traumwagen 01
Naturally, the positioning concept was typical for that time – “dream car,” “car of the future.” The silver car used ultralight materials such as aluminum, as well as for the first time in automotive history – nylon. The 160-horsepower 2.5-liter engine used electron (magnesium alloy) and silumin (aluminum silicon alloy). Disc brakes and boxer engine original design also seemed incredible at the time.

Borgward Traumwagen was ready at the end of 1954. He had a strange system hit the salon – a roof over the front seats to swing sideways, with hinges located on the driver side (that is, it somehow had to climb over the passenger seat).

Borgward Traumwagen Car 1
In the first trial, he was defeated due to a malfunction in the brake system, then rebuilt with new aerodynamics and stabilizers that improve manageability. However, because of the accident, I had to skip Frankfurt Motor Show in 1955. Then the company started having problems with taxes, and in 1961 Carl Bovard, well-worn on the courts, bankrupt, despite the success of some models. Borgward Traumwagen lost somewhere in history, probably sawn metal.

Car Borgward Traumwagen

Official: Borgward Traumwagen

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