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Project Car Hell, off-brand but strangely sensible edition: Goliath Combi or Isuzu Bellels?

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In our previous installment of Project Car Hell. we experienced the joys of the Wirtschaftswunder with a couple of postwar German luxury sedans with scarce parts availability.

Really, though, luxury isn’t what we need in these tough economic times — we need half-century-old sensible cars for our eternities in the Hell Garage! Better still, those cars should be all-but-forgotten evolutionary …-ends, imports sold in tiny numbers. We’ve done some serious digging this time, and you’ll dread be very excited about what we’ve found!

Combines puzzlingly Borgwardian ancestry with oddball boxer engine design, hooray!

The story of the Borgward automotive empire gets too convoluted for us to get into in any detail here (though the part involving bankruptcy conspiracy theories and the subsequent fire-sale move of Borgward Isabella production to Mexico makes for interesting reading). The Goliath subsidiary of Borgward built a station-wagon version of the Goliath 1100 from 1957 to 1961, and at least one of these cars somehow made its way across the Atlantic.

Today, that car sits in Acme, Penn. and may be purchased by you for just $1,500 (go here if the listing disappears). The seller knows that he’s got one of the rarest motor vehicles in the world here, and so he doesn’t feel any compulsion to get all verbose with the description. Here it is, in its entirety: 1960 Borward Goliath Combi Wagon project.

What more do you need to know?

Is the original 1094cc boxer four-cylinder engine still there? Does it have any glass on the right side? How about a right front fender? How about a floor?

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Don’t worry about those minor details — just buy this Goliath and fix. everything!

That’s right, Americans could buy a small diesel sedan in the middle 1960s!

That wagon would be fun, what with its Nomad-like two-door-ness, but these hard times call for the fuel consumption of a small car with an oil-burning engine, right? Right! Fortunately, Isuzu built the Bellel during the first half of the 1960s, and some of these cars made it across the Pacific.

At least two of them did, at any rate, because we’ve found this pair of Bellels waiting for you in the Arizona desert (go here if the listing disappears). You have to indulge in some magical thinking figure that you’ll have enough parts between these two to make one good Bellel, and with the seller asking just $1,500, you’ll have the cash left over to fly to Japan and start picking through wrecking yards for the last few pieces of this puzzle.

The seller claims that BOTH ENGINES WILL RUN which is good news for sure, and the California plates on Arizona cars should indicate that rust may not be a problem.

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