If you visit the new exhibition “Menschen” in the Museum Art and Cars MAC in Singen, you will find a very special automobile unique in the Black Room of the museum, the Borgward Hansa 1500 race coupe, which was only built three times in Bremen at the time. This specimen is the last surviving vehicle in this series and has a particularly interesting history. In 1953, the Borgward with the start number 41 went to the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
On the basis of the Borgward Hansa Borgward had designed and built specifically for the 24 Hours of Le Mans three identical race coupes with an aerodynamically shaped rear and a 90 hp engine. The tuned four-cylinder engine provided enough power to bring the vehicle to a top speed of 200 km / h. One of the Borgward racing coupes crashed before the actual race. The second car with the bib number 42 had to end the race after a short time due to technical problems. Unfortunately, the Borgward with the start number 41 had to give up just half an hour before the end of the race because of a technical failure.
The vehicle appeared a few years later at a general importer for Borgward in Sweden. Meanwhile, the vehicle was painted and lined in interior with carpet. The Borgward is driven as a sedan and accident. After that he should be sold as a scrap vehicle.
A hobbyist buys the Borgward and rebuilds it into a racing car. At this time, today’s owner Lars-Erik Larson is just ten years old and sees the Borgward for the first time. Right from the start, he gets into the vehicle and desperately wants to own the vehicle at some point. In 1974, Larson can then buy the Borgward Hansa 1500 race car for the equivalent of just under 300 euros, after the vehicle had taken a few detours.
Larson’s father was a Swedish Borgward dealer. Therefore, Larson knew very well with the brand. For five years he restored the Borgward Hansa 1500 RS. The vehicle was still some years. In 2018, the big decision was made to bring the Coupé together with his two sons to the Le Mans Classic Event. Although this race does not last 24 hours, but the vehicles drive three races a three hours, including a race at night.
The Larsons finished fourth in their class and, after all, 36th in the overall classification.