WATCH: The Hansa 1100 is a blast from the past with an illustrious history

There is just something about a vintage classic with the inherent quality of speaking for itself. The Hansa 1100 does that and more.

The compact sedan was designed by Carl Borgward in the late 1950s and played a key role in shaping attitudes towards mid-sized models.

All the makings of a classic

It has an illustrious history, debuting at the 1957 Geneva Motor Show under the name Goliath and then a year later it was released as the Hansa 1100.

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It features a 41kW (55hp) engine mated to a 4-speed transmission and able to reach speeds of 135km/h.