Lot 112 - 1961 BMW Isetta
|Odometer reading||48,415 miles|
|Result||Sold - £7,728|
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. In 1955, it was the world's first mass-production car and was the top-selling, single-cylinder car in the world with a total of 161,728 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 righthand drive BMW Isetta has been owned by the vendor since 1963 and was used as his daily run around for many years. When he stopped using the car, he decided to put it into storage with a plan to fully restoring her when retired. In anticipation of the restoration project, he dismantled the car and collected a number of spare parts along the way; these will be supplied with the car. Sadly, due to health problems, it is not possible to complete the project and he has decided it is time to sell his much loved possession. The bodywork is in quite good order showing very little rust and, due to the amount of additional spares, this should be a reasonably simple project. Offered for sale without reserve, this is an ideal project for a reasonably competent DIY mechanic.
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