Lot 224 - 1962 BMW Isetta 300
|Odometer reading||47,600 miles|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £18,000|
- Subject to a nut and bolt restoration
- Presents in virtual museum quality
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 Isetta was built in Brighton under license from BMW, as per the chassis plate and is a genuine UK registered righthand drive example. The single cylinder 298cc engine produces 13bhp with a maximum top speed of 53mph for those brave enough. An interesting article in the Manchester Evening news on 24th October 1984 shows this particular Isetta being presented to Sales Director Frank Johnson who was expecting a new Mercedes-Benz as his company car. This Isetta has been subject to a complete nut and bolt restoration and is virtual museum quality. Supplied with a V5C registration document we are advised the vendor took the car recently for a short drive around his locality in London where she drove splendidly and created a huge amount of attention.
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