1958 BMW-Isetta 300SOLD
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Estimate: $20,000-$30,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $35,200

Specifications: 13hp, 18.2 cu. in. overhead valve single-cylinder engine, Bing carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, front leading arms with coil spring suspension and rigid axle with quarter-elliptic leaf springs, front and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 59.1"

Developed by Renzo Rivolta ’ s Iso works in Italy as an efficient and affordable form of transportation following World War II, the Isetta was licensed by BMW for manufacture in Germany. Introduced by BMW in 1955, the Isetta ’ s ovoid shape brought the nickname “ das rollende Eei ” – the rolling egg. They were cheeky and cheery conveyances, quickly adopted by the trendy as practical urban transportation – but even more as a statement.

The BMW Isetta debuted in 1955 at the Frankfurt Auto Show alongside a giant BMW 505 Pullman Limousine, which must have created quite a scene at the BMW stand. The timing for BMW was perfect as mini was now “ in ” , and before long the Isetta began to experience a strong following in both Europe and the United States.

The engine for the Isetta was a single-cylinder four-stroke 298cc air cooled unit borrowed from a BMW motorcycle. With a weight of only 770 pounds, this power plant was able to take the Isetta to speeds of over 50 miles per hour, while achieving 40 to 45 miles per gallon.

Isettas are only seven feet, nine inches long, including their chrome nerf bar bumpers, and only four and a half feet wide; in all, barely larger than a sheet of plywood. Isetta owners are never at a loss for a parking place, which has contributed to their popularity among those who frequent crowded resorts and urban centers. Isettas are vehicles with attitude and have become immensely popular among collectors and enthusiasts in recent years. It is hard to believe something so small and idiosyncratic actually saved BMW from being bought by Mercedes in the late 1950s.

This 1957 BMW Isetta 300 shows 34,875 miles on the odometer, and is the recipient of some recent refurbishments, including new trim, upholstery, and tires. It is presented in a two-tone paint job with an aqua blue body and white top. Having been maintained by BMW experts, this Isetta is mechanically sound and runs reliably. After one drive you will understand why Isettas are as popular today as they were at the dawn of the Swinging Sixties.

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Please note that this lot's year is a 1958 BMW.

Reference Number 11502

as of 7/22/2007

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Car 1958 BMW-Isetta 300
VIN 513555 
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