Quick: what’s the most unassuming vehicle name that you can think of?! For me, it’s Lloyd. While this 1958 Lloyd Alexander TS Wagon restoration project isn’t unassuming, you can see how much work it’ll be, the name sure is. It doesn’t give the persona of being fast or chic, it’s just a nice, friendly car. Speaking of nice and friendly, thanks to Barn Finds reader Leiniedude (Mike) for sending in this great tip! You can find this Lloyd on Craigslist in Keokuk, Iowa with an asking price of $1,850!
This probably isn’t a car that most people would want to leave the paint as is, or to do the 2010s craze of clear-coating the patina. This car begs to be restored to like-new condition. It would draw a bigger crowd than a ’63 Split Window Coupe. Or, it would in my world.. This thing is right in my sweet spot, they sure are unique when they’re restored!
Borgward made vehicles in Germany under the Lloyd name from 1955 to 1961. From what I can tell, and I could be mistaken and one of you will know, this is actually a 1958 Lloyd Alexander TS Wagon or Kombi, similar to a Lloyd LS 600, or a Kombi / estate / wagon but the grille is rounded rather than just horizontal bars. The TS series debuted in 1958. In the Lloyd family there was also an LP (“Lloyd Passenger”) 600 limousine / saloon, an LC 600 cabrio-limousine, and an LK 600 panel van. Ahhh.. to have a full Lloyd 600 collection!
Apparently, this is how the seller got this non-running Lloyd home, on a trailer with a small, Case 155 tractor. Hey, it’s Iowa! This particular car looks fairly rough but that’s mainly because of the paint, or lack thereof. There doesn’t appear to be much rust-through at all, which is a very good thing. Of course, there are no underside photos, and even though you can clearly (no pun intended) see that the passenger window is down in the above photo, the only two interior photos provided were both taken through glaring, reflecting glass. Ugh. The driver’s vent window also appears to be missing but, since all of this is flat glass, it shouldn’t be a huge task to replace that.
Hey, here’s that interior! She looks mint, no? Why there aren’t any photos of the interior I don’t know, but I’m sure you can get in touch and the seller will send you a few. There are also no engine photos but this should be a 596 CC two-cylinder,
two-stroke four-stroke engine with around 25 hp. Zoom! This car is probably beyond my restoration capabilities, or at least the available garage space that I have, but I would sure love to have one someday. Have any of you owned or even seen a Lloyd in person? No, not your neighbor, a Lloyd motorcar!