1957 BMW Isetta 300  Chassis no. 501617
Lot 470
1957 BMW Isetta 300 Chassis no. 501617
Sold for US$ 31,590 inc. premium
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1957 BMW Isetta 300
Chassis no. 501617
Popular during the 1950s and 1960s, the diminutive 'bubblecar' is currently enjoying a revival of interest - not surprisingly given the congested state of today's urban roads. Nowadays though, the Bubble's attraction has just as much to do with fashion as practicality. One of the more successful designs of the cabin scooter's heyday was the BMW Isetta, a design the German firm manufactured under license from its Italian originator Iso. 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 engine of 247cc that was repurposed from BMW's successful R25 motorcycle. The coachwork of early examples featured a side-hinged single door at the front, roll-top sunroof and fixed side windows, while 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.

This Deluxe model Isetta was originally ordered for the US market as indicated by its 7" headlamps, US-spec nerf bumpers, and built-in door vents. Subject of a two year, frame-off restoration from 2009-2010, the Bimmer was completely gone through and rebuilt. Impossible to miss in its brilliant green with grey vinyl interior, it is reported that the 'lil bugger starts and runs very well, and drives as well as any Isetta out there. Featuring the option luggage rack with a lovely wicker case, one needn't worry about carrying capacity for those longer journeys to the park. In case the package wasn't complete, it is also one of the most economical ways to get yourself a ride on any number of the wonderful pre-1957 touring events, should you wish to engage in them at a rather leisurely pace!
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