Chassis No: 510911
Odometer: 18,595 Miles
Engine: 298 cc Single Cylinder 4-stroke with Bing Carburetor
Transmission: 4-Speed Chain Drive Manual
Performance: 13 bhp @ 5,200 rpm / 14 lb-ft > Top Speed 53 mph
Exterior: Signal Red / Feather White Duocolor
Interior: Red over Taupe with Tartan Inserts
“As some of you know, the Isetta was actually born in Italy, not Germany, and its original raison d’être was simply to offer an inexpensive means of transport with good fuel economy. Created by Iso, which subsequently became famous afterward for its elegant sports cars in the 1960s, the original Isetta had thee wheels and a single-cylinder motorcycle engine from the Iso Moto 200. Its quirky styling, low price and great city maneuverability caught the eye of BMW, who bought the project along with its tooling and made its own version, keeping the name”.
BMW’s luxury of the 1950s were technically brilliant, beautifully built, fast and elegant – but due to their huge cost and austere times in their home market, they were selling extremely slowly. So, in order to secure more volume, BMW made the decision to acquire the license to build the Isetta bubble car – and it proved to be an inspired piece of lateral thinking by BMW management.
The Isetta was just what was needed, and as the effects of the Suez Crisis started to hit, and gasoline became a rare commodity, suddenly the motorcycle engine car that could achieve 50mpg all day long made a great deal of sense. Front-hinged door and three wheeled handling were questionable, but buyers loved them… Sixty plus years fast forward, they’re more cool than ever with a considerable following.
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