An unmistakable diamond: Borgward "Windspiel" 1937
From 1929 to 1961 Borgward was a German traditional car manufacturer based in Bremen. Four brands were produced: the small car "Lloyd", the cars of the lower middle class "Hansa", the delivery van "Goliath", as well as the legendary mid- and luxury-class cars, record and racing sports cars, and trucks / buses of the Borgward brand. Furthermore, tractors, tanks and helicopters were made on a smaller scale.
Borgward was the fourth largest German car manufacturer of its time. At the end of the 1950s, almost 23,000 people worked in the Bremen plants. The most famous and successful car of Borgward was the famous Isabella with over 200,000 cars sold. Other outstanding cars were the dream car of 1954 and the Goliath record car of 1951. The last car was produced in 1961: Borgward “P 100”.
One of Borgward's first aerodynamic milestones was the Borgward "Windspiel", a four-door sedan. This was developed in 1936 by Borgward's chief designer Herbert Scarisbrick and factory manager Friedich Kynast in the Bremen plant "Hastedter" and presented in 1937 at the Borgward booth at the International Motor Show. With its streamlined bodywork and the patented 4-piece windshield (Reichspatent 669255C from 1938), the Borgward "Windspiel" attracted considerable attention.
The Borgward "Windspiel" achieved with a 4-cylinder gasoline engine, rear-wheel drive and an output of 40 hp (29 kW) a top speed of 130 km / h. It can be assumed that the knowledge of the well-known aerodynamic experts Paul Jaray and Reinhard Koenig-Fachsenfeld has contributed to the conception of the Borgward "Windspiel". Whether the "Windspiel" was tested in a wind tunnel at the time, is unknown. Mathematically, however, an excellent streamlining factor (according to Helmut Hütten's approximation formula) can be calculated.
With the Borgward "Windspiel" Carl F. W. Borgward demonstrated how innovative his company was. Unfortunately, no orders were made for this car. Therefore, the Borgward "Windspiel" never went into series and remained a one-off. An attempt was made to market a slightly modified car called Hansa "Windspiel". But this failed, too. However, various elements of the Borgward "Windspiel" later were incorporated into the car "Hansa 2000" (1938 - 39). Unfortunately, nothing is known about the whereabouts of the Borgward "Windspiel" or the Hansa "Windspiel".
In short, the technicians were way ahead of their time and impressively transposed the streamlined shape. Unfortunately, they could not convince the audience with this extremely progressive car at the time.