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  • B 1000  (1947 - 1949). The B 1000 was the most light model in the Borgward truck program. This in 1947 introduced truck was powered by an 1394 cc. 4 cylinder petrol engine of 33 bhp. and had a carrying capacity of 1.000 kg. At the beginning this model still had an mechanical brake system, from 1949 this became hydraulic, the production of this car stopped at 6.669 copies.

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  • B 1250  (1949 - 1952). The B 1250 has to be seen as the successor of the  B 1000, the B 1250 was powered by an 1498 cc. 4 cylinder petrol engine van 48 bhp. and had double tires on the rear axel  hereby the carrying capacity was raised to 1.250 kg. With a prize of  DM 7.500,-  this type was very successful and in 3 years time there were made 12.007 copies. In Holland there are still 5 copies known i.e. a breakdown lorry (former importer of Goggomobil), sweeper (former community of Leeuwarden) and 3 trucks with an open cargo-space (also with the new bonnet and horizontal air-holes in stead of the old vertical ones). All these cars still have their original Dutch license plates. 

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  • B 1500 / B 511 (1952 - 1960). Borgward introduces a new truck in the sector until 1,5 ton. This latest product, the B 1500, was produced in, for those days, enormous numbers. The carrying capacity was 1.600 kg. The truck could be supplied with a 4 cylinder 1758 cc. petrol engine of 60 bhp. or a diesel engine of 42 bhp. With this truck Borgward  went in competition with the other great producers like Hanomag with the L28 and Opel with the Blitz. Opel was very successful with this Blitz which had a so called "Alligatorschnauze" (snout of a crocodile). For this reason Borgward modernized in 1954 the B 1500 to give it the same modern look like the competition. The headlights in this type were mounted inside the wings of the truck instead of on it. It was successful and the B 1500 was ready for a new era. 
    In 1959 the name was changed in B 511.
    In total 36.760 pieces of this type were produced, this inclusive the later version B 1500 F/ B 611, with this it is the best sold model within the Borgward truck company.

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  • B 2000 (1951 - 1959). The B 2000 closed the gap between the B 1250 and the B 4000/ B 4500, This vehicle had a capacity of 2000 to 2500 kg, it had an hydraulic break system and could be powered by a 4 cylinder 2337 cc. petrol engine of 82 bhp. or a 3308 cc. diesel engine of 60 bhp. (from 1958 3331 cc. 70 bhp.). Of the B 2000 11.825 pieces are build.

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  • B 2000 A/O ( A=Allrad, O=Ottomotor ) (1955 - 1961) and (1962 - 1968 Büssing). The B 2000 A/O is a model with which Borgward went in competition with the other German truck factories to deliver a truck that could be used by the Bundeswehr (land-forces). These vehicles which had a four-wheel drive, where made in great numbers. This truck was powered by a six cylinder petrol engine of 2337 cc. (from 1960 2224 cc.) with 82 bhp. It was manly delivered as a truck which could transport men, a small part of the production was made with only a cabin. These trucks could later be provided with several constructions such as a break-down lorry, kitchen truck  or command car. 
    After Borgward went bankrupt in 1961 Büssing toke over the factory and the truck was made there until 1968, only without the Borgward emblem.
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  • B 2500 / B 522, B 2500 A / B 522 A (A=Allrad) (1954 - 1961). The B 2500 was the lightest truck provided with compressed air breaks, it was produced until the end of the Borgward era. In 1959 the name was changed in B 522. The truck had a carrying capacity of 2.740 kg and could be powered by the same engines as the B 2000 and B 2000 A/O. This vehicle could be supplied with four-wheel drive, therefore it was frequently used as fire truck or tipper. A total of 6.047 pieces left the factory in Bremen, in Holland still one B 2500 A is known. 
    The four-wheel drive models are to be recognized by the higher nose than the other models.

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  • B 3000 (1942 - 1950). The B 3000 was the first truck that left the factory after WW II. In July 1948 already 2.700 trucks were produced. Even before WW II this model was produced and during the war this model was made on a small scale with a four-wheel drive. It was powered by a six cylinder petrol engine of 3745 cc. with 78 bhp. or a diesel engine of 4962 cc. with 75 bhp. The B 3000 with the petrol engine had a capacity of 3.400 kg, with the diesel engine 3.125 kg. The price in 1948 was DM 14.500.- an enormous amount of money in those days. In total 4.641 of these trucks were made.

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  • B 4000 / B 533, B 544 (1950 - 1961). The 4 ton trucks were an important segment in the German truck fabrication. Borgward developed the B 4000, Powered by a six cylinder 4962 cc. diesel engine with 85 bhp. (from 1952 4962 cc. and 95 bhp. and from 1957 4997 cc. and 105 bhp.), it had a carrying capacity of 3.500 - 4.000 kg. For the driver of those days it was not easy, he only had a 5 gear-box at his disposal and when even a trailer was attached to his truck, the total weight of the combination could rise to 15 ton. 
    In 1959 the name of this type was changed in B 533 for the 3,5 ton truck and B 544 for the 4 ton truck. In total 7.663 pieces of this model were made.

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  • B 4500 / B555, B 4500 A /  B 555 A (1953 - 1961) The B 4500 was in the middle the fifties the heavyweight of the Borgward company. It could carry 5.000 kg. and whit the use of a trailer the combination could weight almost 20 ton. The only difference between the B 4000 and B 4500 were the tires and a heavier suspension. Only the B 4500 could be supplied with a four-wheel drive and was frequently used as a tipper. Also the German "Bundesgrenzschutz" had a number of these four-wheel driven trucks. They were mainly equipped with a kitchen construction. Of this type 10.449 vehicles are produced.

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  • B 1500 F / B 611 (1957 - 1961). The B 1500 F was the first Borgward which came by a factory made so called "front steer cabin" (no longer a nose but a strait front). It had a carrying capacity of 1.650 kg and was powered by a four cylinder 1493 cc. petrol engine with 60 bhp. or a 1758 cc. diesel engine with 42 bhp. From 1959 the name was changed in B 611. This model, which was produced until the end of the Borgward era, could be delivered as pick-up truck, closed delivery van and as an omnibus, the BO 611.     

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  • B 622 (1959 - 1961). The B 622 is the heavier brother of the B 611, the cabin was in the same style as the B 611. The carrying capacity of the B 622 was 2.850 kg. The coach-work could be supplied in several models and it was powered by a four cylinder diesel engine of 3321 cc. and 70 bhp. 2.487 trucks of this type were made.

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  • B 655 (1959 - 1961). The B 655 is the most powerful version. With a carrying capacity of 5.565 kg. it is the strongest truck in the Borgward history. Due to the difficulties the Borgward company faced in 1960 the sales were very poor. Mercedes had a great success with its LP series, so eventually 470 trucks of this type were made.

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  • General
    : Until 1957 Borgward had no own production of the front steer cabin The demand however existed. Therefore the B 2500, the B 4000  and the B 4500 could be delivered as a chassis with a front steer. These vehicles went directly to a coach work where a cabin was assembled. A well known phenomenon on the German highways were the furniture-vans. The coach works had a standard construction which fitted all brands and only the emblem in the grill showed what car was used. Between 1949 and 1955 also chassis for omnibuses were made, these were the BO 2000, BO 2500, BO 3000, BO 4000 and BO 4500. Even e few omnibuses were built on the B 622 chassis.

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