No, a chance against the established Mercedes limousines, it has never had, nor against the Opel Kapitän. Maybe because at least its first attempt was too revolutionary, not good in the luxury class. Once again it was the realisation of a dream of a successful entrepreneur, but with smaller models. Hans Glas and his son had to learn a similiar experience.
We have exceptionally taken from wikipedia the drag coefficient of 0.363 for the hatchback saloon of 1952 (Figure 3). If the is correct, then it is far ahead of its competitors. Even otherwise, the car had a few features, such as cranks at the front triangular windows, even not to mention the integrated fog lamps and even the carpet in the expansive luggage compartment.
It had the size of a chauffeur car of the 50s. Concerning the rear-hinged front doors there were no complaints in contemporary tests, because many vehicles were still equipped therewith. Rather, one praised the comfortable getting into the car front and rear. Also, one pointed out the progress that has made the model after replacement of the current notchback version.
The engine accelerated the heavy car just enough, although it has lost some displacement with the same performance. The brakes found now acceptance, too. Furthermore, one attested it a good processing. However, all this could not get it out of the corner of the almost unknown. It remained a vehicle for individualists.
Interesting is the former technique. The transmission, increased to four-speed could be replaced by a Borgward own automatic transmission for an additional charge. However, the torque converter had to replace all gears between a suitable for mountains and the direct. Apparently, however, it was not to regard as successful seen from the stability.
However, if one drove the version with manual transmission, except steering heaviness one could not accuse much. It's just a chauffeur and no a ladies car. Below you can see the P100 starting from 1959. It, too, was not a success, although it did not had further weaknesses such as the suicide doors. 01/15