<b>1956 BMW Isetta 300 Bubble Window Z-Bar</b><br />Chassis no. 494210<br />Engine no. 494116

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Lot 47
1956 BMW Isetta 300 Bubble Window Z-Bar

Sold for US$ 25,200 inc. premium
1956 BMW Isetta 300 Bubble Window Z-Bar
Chassis no. 494210
Engine no. 494116

298cc 1-Cylinder Engine
Single Carburetor
13bhp at 5,800rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Swing-Arm Front Suspension, Leaf-Spring Rear Suspension

*The Iconic 'Bubble Car'
*Highly original time capsule
*Much loved model

THE BMW ISETTA

Popular during the 1950s and 1960s, the diminutive 'bubble car' or 'cabin scooter' 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. The name means 'little Iso'. Renzo Rivoltas Iso was not selling well in its native Italy, faced with stiff competition from the FIAT 500 and 600, 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 Isettas 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 Islettas had been made by the time production ceased in 1962.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The BMW bubble-window Isetta with the Z-bar trim and the 300cc engine is considered by many to be the most desirable of the Isettas. This particular Isetta is an extraordinary 'time capsule-like' example. With majority of the car thought to be original, except for some of the rubber items, chrome, and the wheels which were refinished when fitted with new tires, the car is exceptionally well preserved. The car retains its sought-after original options including an RCA tube radio, luggage rack, and front wheel spats. Accompanied by its parts manual, this charming and highly original microcar is sure to provide its next custodian and all those who see it on the road great enjoyment.

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<b>1956 BMW Isetta 300 Bubble Window Z-Bar</b><br />Chassis no. 494210<br />Engine no. 494116
<b>1956 BMW Isetta 300 Bubble Window Z-Bar</b><br />Chassis no. 494210<br />Engine no. 494116
<b>1956 BMW Isetta 300 Bubble Window Z-Bar</b><br />Chassis no. 494210<br />Engine no. 494116
<b>1956 BMW Isetta 300 Bubble Window Z-Bar</b><br />Chassis no. 494210<br />Engine no. 494116
<b>1956 BMW Isetta 300 Bubble Window Z-Bar</b><br />Chassis no. 494210<br />Engine no. 494116
<b>1956 BMW Isetta 300 Bubble Window Z-Bar</b><br />Chassis no. 494210<br />Engine no. 494116
<b>1956 BMW Isetta 300 Bubble Window Z-Bar</b><br />Chassis no. 494210<br />Engine no. 494116
<b>1956 BMW Isetta 300 Bubble Window Z-Bar</b><br />Chassis no. 494210<br />Engine no. 494116
<b>1956 BMW Isetta 300 Bubble Window Z-Bar</b><br />Chassis no. 494210<br />Engine no. 494116
<b>1956 BMW Isetta 300 Bubble Window Z-Bar</b><br />Chassis no. 494210<br />Engine no. 494116
<b>1956 BMW Isetta 300 Bubble Window Z-Bar</b><br />Chassis no. 494210<br />Engine no. 494116
<b>1956 BMW Isetta 300 Bubble Window Z-Bar</b><br />Chassis no. 494210<br />Engine no. 494116
<b>1956 BMW Isetta 300 Bubble Window Z-Bar</b><br />Chassis no. 494210<br />Engine no. 494116
<b>1956 BMW Isetta 300 Bubble Window Z-Bar</b><br />Chassis no. 494210<br />Engine no. 494116
<b>1956 BMW Isetta 300 Bubble Window Z-Bar</b><br />Chassis no. 494210<br />Engine no. 494116
<b>1956 BMW Isetta 300 Bubble Window Z-Bar</b><br />Chassis no. 494210<br />Engine no. 494116
<b>1956 BMW Isetta 300 Bubble Window Z-Bar</b><br />Chassis no. 494210<br />Engine no. 494116
<b>1956 BMW Isetta 300 Bubble Window Z-Bar</b><br />Chassis no. 494210<br />Engine no. 494116
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