Lot 140 - 1957 BMW Isetta 300
|Odometer reading||36,690 miles|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £19,040|
The Isetta is an Italian-designed microcar built under licence in a number of different countries including Germany and the United Kingdom. Produced in the post war years, at a time when cheap, short distance transportation was most needed, it became one of the most successful and influential city cars ever created. Because of its egg shape and bubble-like windows, it became known as a 'bubble car'; a name then later given to other similar vehicles. The Isetta was, in 1955, the world's first mass-produced car and was the top-selling single-cylinder car in the world with a total of 161,728 units sold. BMW made the Isetta its own, redesigning most of the car so much so that none of the parts between a BMW Isetta Moto Coupé and an Iso Isetta could be interchangeable. While it retained the 'Bubble Window' styling, the BMW version differed from the Italian model in that the headlamps were fixed separately to the sides of the bodywork and it carried the BMW badge below the windscreen.
This is a British built Isetta 300 built under licence from BMW as stamped on the chassis plate. Registered on 3rd September 1957, the first owner was S.Smith (England) Ltd. of Cricklewood in London, perhaps better known as Smiths Industries. It is thought they carried out some research and development on this car as it is fitted with an electo-magnetic clutch. Having undergone a comprehensive restoration in the late 1990's, this delightfully handsome four wheel 'bubble car' has sat in the vendor's dining room for the last few years, undoubtedly a great talking point over dinner. The vendor has been collecting microcars for the last 22 years and is an encyclopaedia of knowledge when talking about his impressive collection of cars. This superb and very rare example is supplied with the original buff logbook and a comprehensive history folder.
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