Lot 276 - 1958 BMW Isetta ‘Pick-up’
|Odometer reading||21,074 miles|
|Estimate||£19,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £22,400|
- Believed to be 1 of only 2 known survivors worldwide
- Restored example
- Multiple award winning
The Isetta is an Italian-designed microcar built under licence in several 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.
This Isetta pick-up was built under licence from BMW at Portslade nr. Brighton in 1957. It was Isetta’s idea of capturing some of the commercial market but very few were ever built. Some sources suggesting as few as 26 were made. This four-wheel Isetta has what the sales brochure describes as ample carriage space with 165lb in the container and 187lb alongside the driver in lieu of a passenger seat. In 2015, following many years of hibernation, with photographs to show what a sorry state it was in, this Isetta benefitted from a no expense spared, nut and bolt restoration. The 300cc single cylinder, four stroke BMW engine and four speed gearbox were both overhauled by Isetta experts, whilst the bodywork and electrics also received expert attention. Following the restoration ‘Bubbles’ as the car is affectionately known was displayed at the NEC car show and national micro cars rallies in Cumbria, Bath and Somerset winning top prizes at all these prestigious events. 2017 saw ‘Bubbles’ win the trophy for best restoration of the year at the NEC classic car show. This stunning and extremely rare example is sure to attract plenty of attention given both its condition and realistic estimate.
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