_Borgward Hansa 2400 Owners memories

If you have owned a Hansa 2400 or any other Borgward please email or phone with your memories John Wallis jbwallis@btinternet.com 0044 (0)1932 352238

I have set up a number of pages to show the rebuild progress.

One of the three 2400 Pullmans exported to New Zealand

Black owned by S. Hon Consul Williams, Red - Clive Greaves (Auckland) and Yellow ex-Duncan Rutherford collection,
Today still in Nelson, but is now his nephew.


Mel Andrews Germany 1962


By chance I found an old photo from 1961, I believe. I was serving in the BAOR (British Army on the Rhine) and, through a German colleague, heard that the mayor of Wuppertal was selling his Borgward Pullman. I don’t remember if the word ‘Hansa’ made up part of the name. It was an extraordinary vehicle that I adored. Strangely, it did not look anything like the photos on your web site. The Pullmans you show have a roof line that descends to the boot (trunk) of the car. Mine did not – it had the shape of a bus at the back with extra windows so the roof line continued to the extreme rear of the car. Hulluva long car.

Like damned fool I got rid of it when the chassis broke on a rough country lane in Belgium in 1963. The garage said it was ‘irreparable’ so I gave up and let them keep it. Heavens – how I wish I’d had it repaired and was motoring around in it these 50 years later!!

Mel Andrews

Waterloo Belgium


"I am the proud owner leaning on MM2400" Jim B-L


.Hi John,
Attached photos of 6-cylinder 2.4 MM2400 as promised earlier today.
I had lusted after a Borgward, preferably an Isabella, for several years. When I found this example in around 1966 or 67 it was at a price I could barely afford at the time, possibly around £300.

I was told that only 6 of this model were imported and that MM referred to the concessionaires Metcalf & Mundy Ltd. Must have been their demonstrator.

Mechanically it seemed ok, but the body was not great, particularly at the rear where the spare wheel cover and bumper were a bit distorted.
Cannot recall any rust though. I do remember the curiously sticky
plastic seats that were inclined to grab clothing, particularly the loose-knit sweaters I then wore that were rapidly converted into bell tents. It was fitted with a huge sun roof and the dashboard button operated flappy rear quarter lights; a source of much amusement to friends.
There was no spare wheel and the tyres were in appalling condition, one with a cut on the crown, but the piggy bank was empty. Then the brake servo failed. Very quickly I realised that sentiment had clouded judgement, and after just 3 months it was sold to an acquaintance in Brighton who could afford tyres. I heard no more after that.

Good to talk to you today and revive a few memories.

Kind regards,

Jim B-L


John Wallis jbwallis@btinternet.com 0044 (0)1932 352238