Lloyd Arabella in the driving report: Flossen-Miss

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F ix they were the masters of the department 'Sales promotion' of Lloyd Motoren Werke. Almost a week after my father wrote to Bremen and asked for Arabella documents, an ocher-colored envelope arrived. 'A feature that goes far beyond the usual range makes this new car a top product in European automotive engineering, which experts call a sensation', he was assured full-bodied, although the Lloyd goodwill department was already struggling with all kinds of problems with the newcomer br>

The Arabella prevails against the Käfer and DKW Junior

Of course, the recipient of the mail at the end of 1959 had no mistake, including the Frankfurt IAA, where the text-link href='https://topgear-autoguide.com/marken-modelle/borgward/arabella/'> Arabella was presented as a small car hit, he had not visited. The tip to write to Bremen came from my uncle, a locksmith and gas station tenant in Leinzell. A VW Beetle was out of the question for the family of four due to space and heating reasons, the DKW Junior was shortlisted, but after extensive study of the test by Alexander Spoerl in the 'Stern' it was rejected ('Body: a mishap; Brakes: nothing learned ').

On his first test drive with the Lloyd Arabella in Schwäbisch Gmünd, my father made brief acquaintance with the ditch, but was so impressed by the smooth steering, the robust boxer engine and the stylish lines that he ordered the sleek 'Alpinagrün' limousine from Müller-Raisch in Lorcher Strasse for 5,250 marks and took it over in the spring of 1960.

Obviously a stroke of luck, because while customers bought their cars in the previous year often because of leaky footwells, water Parked in the rear and damaged gearbox in the workshop, GD-D-777 remained undamaged because it had already been structurally revised and equipped with ZF gear wheel pairs. The driver of a Lloyd Arabella, however, had to get used to the scruffy steering wheel gearshift and the long clutch travel.

In Luxus-Lloyd over the Großglockner

In the first summer our Luxus-Lloyd hummed fully loaded over the Großglockner towards Carinthia. Even when the house was being built in the Rems Valley and I was finally allowed to flatten my nose on the panoramic rear window between the siblings, the Arabella always went along with themrecommended inspections - no trace of breakdowns.

My mother passed her driving test in 1964 and quickly learned to appreciate the small turning circle and the tail fins of the Lloyd Arabella - Borgward had long been bankrupt, the last Arabella rolled off the production line in early 1963. At the end of the sixties, after everyday and umpteen vacation trips through the Vinschgau and northern Italy, the ravages of time and father rust had damaged our copy badly.

The trunk and side windows were leaking, the circuitry was now very unruly, the damping at the end. The Lloyd Arabella was advertised and sold to a US soldier in July 1970.

Light metal drum brakes with convincing braking effect

On Already rarely on the streets back then, the Federal Motor Transport Authority still reports 151 copies, but less than half of them are publicly moved. The blue Lloyd Arabella, a de luxe version, built in 1961, belongs to Stefan Proetzel from Großköllnbach, who moves the fully restored Miss with Borgward lettering in Goggo's home country. The Bremen bee drives almost sportily on the country roads there.

Your 'hot' 45 HP water boxer hangs well on the gas, in the bends it is surprisingly directional and torsion-resistant thanks to the tightly sprung chassis. After I have used the gearshift without any major scratches, the Lloyd Arabella is almost lazy to 'cruise', as Reinhard Seiffert described in the first test in auto motor und sport . The light metal drum brakes, at the time more expensive than those of a Mercedes 220, do their job superbly - as confirmed by emergency braking behind a swerving John Deere tractor.

In the rear, however, I don't want to go on longer journeys - as a child I never noticed the lack of headroom on the lowered roof.


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