The BORGWARD HANSA 1500 is a medium-sized automobile that was
manufactured by the
It is often seen as the first all new model launched by the German auto industry after the war . Introduced nearly four years before the better remembered ’Ponton Mercedes’ the Hansa featured the then revolutionary ponton , three-box design that subsequently became mainstream in Germany and across much of Europe.
* 1 Hansa 1500
* 1.1 Engine, transmission and chassis
* 2 Hansa 1800 * 3 References
The car was launched as a two- or four-door saloon with an all-steel
body built around a central steel frame, which bears a resemblance to
The driver was faced by a steering wheel linked to its central boss by three sets of four thin spoke like rods. The design of the steering wheel, reminiscent of the early Porsches , ensured minimal disruption of the view of the instruments behind it. Also behind the steering wheel was the column-mounted gear lever.
A two-door estate version and a five-seater two-door cabriolet were available along with a two-seater sports cabriolet. The cabriolets were both assembled by the coach builders Hebmüller in Wülfrath until May 1952.
ENGINE, TRANSMISSION AND CHASSIS
The Hansa was introduced with a 1498 cc four-cylinder ohv engine
providing a claimed power output of 48 bhp (35 kW). For 1952 the
engine was modified to produce 52 bhp (38 kW). A 66 bhp (49 kW) output
version of this engine was installed in the sports cabriolet. The
The column-mounted gear lever controlled a three-speed gear box or an 2-speed automatic gear box (with a gear-indicator on the column as visible on the photo).
The wheels were independently sprung, the rear wheels being attached to a swing axle and supported by springs with hydraulic shock absorbers. All four wheels were connected to the foot brake via a hydraulic system, while the hand brake was a mechanical one operating on the rear wheels.
1952 saw the introduction of the faster
As before, the two- and four-door saloons were complemented by cabriolet and estate versions.
The next year the Hansa 1800 became available with a diesel engine of the same capacity as the petrol / gasoline fuelled unit, but with a power output of 42 bhp (31 kW).
An 1800 diesel saloon version tested by the British The Motor magazine in 1954 had a top speed of 68 mph (109 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-50 mph (80 km/h) in 27.9 seconds. A fuel consumption of 45.6 miles per imperial gallon (6.19 L/100 km; 38.0 mpg‑US) was recorded. The test car cost £1493 including taxes in the United Kingdom.
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