<b>1957 BMW Isetta 300</b><br />Chassis no. 506947

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Lot 175
Motorcars from the Collection of Gerhard Schnuerer
1957 BMW Isetta 300

Sold for US$ 25,760 inc. premium
Motorcars from the Collection of Gerhard Schnuerer
1957 BMW Isetta 300
Chassis no. 506947

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'
*Presented in wonderful condition
*Complete with luggage and sunroof


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

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 Rivolta's 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 Isettas had been made by the time production ceased in 1962.

The quintessential microcar, this Isetta 300 appears to have been restored in the not too distant past as evidenced by the outstanding condition it can be found in today. The Pale-yellow exterior's paint displays a deep gloss while the front and rear chrome bumpers exude tremendous luster. Although limited in features, the rear luggage rack holds a piece of wicker luggage good enough for carrying its occupant's items. The airy interior is aided by a fabric sunroof and the trimmings have been subject to little abuse by the vehicle's passengers.

Undoubtably one of the most unique driving experiences within the expansive automotive landscape, no collection is complete without a bubble car. This well-presented example should not be passed on.

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<b>1957 BMW Isetta 300</b><br />Chassis no. 506947
<b>1957 BMW Isetta 300</b><br />Chassis no. 506947
<b>1957 BMW Isetta 300</b><br />Chassis no. 506947
<b>1957 BMW Isetta 300</b><br />Chassis no. 506947
<b>1957 BMW Isetta 300</b><br />Chassis no. 506947
<b>1957 BMW Isetta 300</b><br />Chassis no. 506947
<b>1957 BMW Isetta 300</b><br />Chassis no. 506947
<b>1957 BMW Isetta 300</b><br />Chassis no. 506947
<b>1957 BMW Isetta 300</b><br />Chassis no. 506947
<b>1957 BMW Isetta 300</b><br />Chassis no. 506947
<b>1957 BMW Isetta 300</b><br />Chassis no. 506947
<b>1957 BMW Isetta 300</b><br />Chassis no. 506947
<b>1957 BMW Isetta 300</b><br />Chassis no. 506947
<b>1957 BMW Isetta 300</b><br />Chassis no. 506947
<b>1957 BMW Isetta 300</b><br />Chassis no. 506947
<b>1957 BMW Isetta 300</b><br />Chassis no. 506947
<b>1957 BMW Isetta 300</b><br />Chassis no. 506947
<b>1957 BMW Isetta 300</b><br />Chassis no. 506947
<b>1957 BMW Isetta 300</b><br />Chassis no. 506947
<b>1957 BMW Isetta 300</b><br />Chassis no. 506947
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