1959 Isetta Bubble Car
Lot 303
1959 BMW Isetta 300 Chassis no. A320218 Engine no. A320218
Sold for £8,050 (US$ 12,506) inc. premium

Lot Details
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1959 BMW Isetta 300
Registration no. VCJ 147
Chassis no. A320218
Engine no. A320218

Footnotes

  • One of the more successful designs of the cabin scooter's heyday was the BMW Isetta, a model the German firm manufactured under license from its Italian originator, Iso (the name means 'little Iso'). Faced with competition from the FIAT 500 and 600, Renzo Rivolta's Iso was not selling well in its native Italy and it would be left to BMW to fully exploit the design's potential. Although at first glance a three-wheeler, the German-built Isetta used a pair of closely spaced wheels at the rear and was powered by a BMW single-cylinder four-stroke motorcycle engine of 247cc, replacing the original's noisy two-stroke motor. The coachwork of early examples featured a side-hinged single door at the front, roll-top sunroof and fixed side windows, while the steering wheel and dashboard were attached to the door to facilitate entry. The two-seater Isetta's most popular accessory, understandably so given the limited interior space, was a small luggage rack mounted at the rear. Later (1957-onwards) models incorporated sliding side windows for better ventilation. These improved models displaced 297cc and the 'big' Isetta 300 was reckoned capable of 65mph and 55mpg. Approximately 162,000 Isettas had been made by the time production ceased in 1962.

    Carrying an 'Isetta of Great Britain' chassis plate, this sunroof-equipped example was acquired by the Patrick Collection in June 1997, the previous owner being one Herbert Strain of Redditch. Last taxed in 2005 and described as in generally very good condition, its engine running well though a little smoky, the car is offered with a quantity of expired MoTs, owner's handbook and Swansea V5.

    No Reserve.
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