1953 Iso Isetta  Chassis no. 14176 Engine no. 14176

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1953 Iso Isetta
Chassis no. 14176 Engine no. 14176

Sold for € 28,750 (US$ 32,910) inc. premium
1953 Iso Isetta
Chassis no. 14176
Engine no. 14176
Renzo Rivolta's Isothermos company had begun life pre-war making refrigerators, turning to the manufacture of scooters, under the Iso name, after the war and thence to the highly successful Isetta 'bubble car'. Introduced in 1953, the egg-shaped Isetta was like nothing seen before, boasting a hinged front for entry, the steering column and instruments swinging out with the door to facilitate easy access to the bench seat. Power was provided by a 236cc two-stroke engine, which drove the closely-spaced twin rear wheels via a four-speed gearbox. In the 1954 Mille Miglia, Isettas claimed the first three places in the economy classification, the winner averaging over 70km/h (43mph). Despite its virtues the Isetta was not well received at home, where small cars like the FIAT 500 were preferred, and sales were disappointing. Production in Italy ceased after some 1,000-or-so had been made, though the design continued to be built under license in several other countries. BMW saw its potential and by the time production ceased in 1962 had sold a staggering 161,728.
This rare Italian-built Isetta was restored approximately 10 years ago and is described as in original, working condition. Offered with Italian registration documents, this car is eligible for the Mille Miglia, unlike the BMW version.

La société Isothermos de Renzo Rivolta avait débuté avant 1940 par la fabrication de réfrigérateurs avant d'aborder la production de scooters sous la marque Iso, après 1945, puis celle de la très réussie micro voiture 'Isetta'. Introduite en 1953, l'Isetta ne ressemblait à rien qu'on ait vu auparavant avec sa porte à ouverture frontale qui faisait pivoter la direction et le tableau de bord pour faciliter l'accès à bord. La puissance provenait d'un moteur deux temps de 236 cm3 qui entraînait les deux roues arrière très rapprochées via une boîte à quatre rapports. A la Mille Miglia 1954 Isetta s'empara des trois premières places dans la catégorie 'économique', le vainqueur réalisant une moyenne de plus de 70 km/h. Malgré ses avantages, l'Isetta ne fut pas bien accueillie dans son pays qui préférait les petites automobiles comme la FIAT 500 et les ventes furent décevantes. La production italienne fut arrêtée après environ 1,000 exemplaires, mais le modèle continua d'être construit sous licence dans plusieurs autres pays. BMW en perçut le potentiel et, au moment de l'arrêt de la production en 1962, la firme en avait vendu la quantité incroyable de 161,728 exemplaires.
Cette rare Isetta de fabrication italienne qui a fait l'objet d'une restauration approximative il y a 10 ans est décrite comme étant en état d'origine et fonctionnant bien. Offerte avec ses documents d'immatriculation italiens, cette voiture est éligible pour la Mille Miglia contrairement à la version BMW.
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1953 Iso Isetta  Chassis no. 14176 Engine no. 14176
1953 Iso Isetta  Chassis no. 14176 Engine no. 14176
1953 Iso Isetta  Chassis no. 14176 Engine no. 14176
1953 Iso Isetta  Chassis no. 14176 Engine no. 14176
1953 Iso Isetta  Chassis no. 14176 Engine no. 14176
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