Borgward P100

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Borgward P100
Borgward P100.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Carl F. W. Borgward GmbH
Production June 1959–1961
2,530 [1] built by Borgward
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout FR layout
Powertrain
Engine 2,240 cc straight-6
Transmission 4-speed
all-synchromesh manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,650 mm (104.3 in)
Length 4,715 mm (185.6 in)
Width 1,738 mm (68.4 in)
Height 1,420 mm (55.9 in)
Curb weight 1,650 kg (3,638 lb) (loaded)
Chronology
Predecessor Borgward Hansa 2400 Pullman

The Borgward P100 is a large four-door sedan first presented in September 1959[2] at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and produced by the Bremen based auto-manufacturer Carl F. W. Borgward GmbH between January 1960 and July 1961.

Design and engineering[edit]

The design featured the ponton, three-box design pioneered by Borgward in 1949, but now filled out to the relatively angular corners, reminiscent of the style being popularised by Pininfarina with designs such as that of the Fiat 1800. Like the Farina designs, the P100 featured small angular tailfins.

The P100 followed the structural approach of the existing Isabella, incorporating an integral chassis.[2]

The straight-6 2240 cc engine derived from that fitted in earlier Borgward six-cylinder sedans, of which the most recent had been the Borgward Hansa 2400 Pullman. Advertised performance figures included a power output of 100 bhp (75 kW) and a maximum speed of virtually 100 mph (160 km/h).

Contemporary publicity material highlighted the car’s revolutionary self-levelling air suspension.

Commercial[edit]

The P100 was competing in the six-cylinder sedan sector which through the 1950s had become ever more dominated by Mercedes-Benz, whose 220SE model also received a modern chiselled body shape in 1960. Borgward’s previous six-cylinder sedans had achieved only limited market penetration, and early reports that the P100 was confirming Borgward’s reputation for introducing new models beset by teething troubles suggested that despite its technically adventurous suspension and modern style, the P100 might struggle to compete against Stuttgart’s well established reputation for producing dependable sedans. Nevertheless, during its nineteen months in production, the P100 notched up over 2,500 cars produced, putting it on course usefully to outperform earlier six-cylinder Borgwards in the market place. Sadly, the controversial bankruptcy[3] of the business in August 1961 brought P100 production to an end, although the plant did complete another 47 cars in the days following the bankruptcy.[4]

The model also enjoyed a brief afterlife: the production line was sold and shipped to Mexico by Grupo Industrial Ramirez in Monterrey NL, where between 1967 and 1970 more than 2,000 additional P100s were produced.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Production statistics for principal Borgward models in the 1950s per the Dutch Borgward Club". carfolio.com. Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
  2. ^ a b Gloor, Roger (2007). Alle Autos der 50er Jahre 1945 - 1960 (1. ed.). Stuttgart: Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 978-3-613-02808-1. 
  3. ^ Hellmuth Vensky (27 July 2011). "Der Niedergang eines Wirtschaftswunder-Unternehmens: ...Vor 50 Jahren ging der Konzern in Konkurs, doch Zweifel an der Zahlungsunfähigkeit bleiben bis heute.". ZEIT ONLINE. Retrieved 2013-05-12. 
  4. ^ Oswald, Werner (2001). Deutsche Autos 1945-1990, volume 4 (in German). Motorbuch Verlag. p. 434. ISBN 3-613-02131-5.