Lot 104 - 1956 Isetta Velam
|Odometer reading||43,559 km|
|Estimate||£5,500 - £7,000|
|Result||Sold - £7,168|
In 1954, Velam acquired a licence from Iso to manufacture a car based on the Isetta. Since Iso had sold the body making equipment to BMW, Velam developed their own body but used the original Iso engine. The Velam body was rounder and more egg-like than Iso's Isetta and was known by the French as the 'yoghurt pot'. Instead of a chassis like the Italian and German versions, there was a sub-frame bolted to the body at the rear which held the rear tyres, engine and transmission. The front suspension was bolted to the front of the body. The front door was opened by a push button instead of a handle and the speedometer was mounted in the centre of the steering wheel. Velam started production of the car in 1955 at the Old Talbot Factory at Suresnes, France and the car was introduced at the 1955 Paris Car Show.
This Isetta Velam is an unfinished project although the body appears to be in sound condition and everything seems to be present in order to finish the car off. The engine is in place and the parts not currently fitted will be supplied with the car. Isetta Velams' are very rare with only 7,115 manufactured from June 1955 through to January 1958. It is not known how many have survived and this is the first one we have ever seen. A great opportunity to acquire a micro-car that will create even more interest than usual.
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