<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372

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Lot 285Ω ¤
1956 Velam Isetta
Chassis no. 103372

Sold for US$ 13,200 inc. premium
1956 Velam Isetta
Chassis no. 103372
236cc Single Cylinder Twin Piston 2-Stroke Engine
Single Solex Carburetor
10.5bhp at 4,500rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Niemann Rubber Front and Quarter Leaf Spring Rear Suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Rare, French built version of the Isetta
*Unique 'Twingle' motor
*Not often seen outside of Europe
*Can get up to 70 miles per gallon


THE VELAM ISETTA

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 unique 'Twingle' motor with two pistons sharing a single combustion chamber, which drove the closely-spaced twin rear wheels.

With sales struggling in Italy, Iso licensed the rights to manufacture a car based on the Isetta to various companies around the world. While BMW is most famous for building Isettas, VELAM (Véhicule Léger à Moteur—"light vehicle with motor") had the authority to build them in France. While BMW chose to use the original Iso design with their own motors, VELAM went the opposite route retaining the original Twingle motor but soften the curves of the car producing what many consider to be the most elegant version of the Isetta. Production began in 1955 but would only last for three years with a total of just 7,115 examples produced.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This Isetta is one of 4,886 built in 1956, the most successful year of production. Finished in white, it is easy to see how the VELAMs earned their nickname 'yogurt pot' with gentle curves, ample glass greenhouse, and creamy complexion. Open the large front door and a black and white bench seat beckons you in while a tweedy fabric pattern fill the interior. A solitary gauge, a speedometer, peers out at the driver from the center of the steering wheel.

Complete with some recent service records, an owner's handbook, spare parts manual and more, this little VELAM is reported to be a strong runner that is ready to provide a happy motoring experience filled with waving onlookers, great gas mileage, and easy parking.
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<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
<b>1956 Velam Isetta  </b><br />Chassis no. 103372
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