1958 BMW Isetta 300SOLD
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Estimate: $25,000-$30,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

$17,050 Sold

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.

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, they are 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 urban centers. It is hard to believe something so small and idiosyncratic actually saved BMW from being bought by Mercedes in the late 1950s.

The Wiseman Collection 1958 BMW Isetta 300, finished in red with an off-white sliding vinyl sunroof, has a known history which dates back to 1978 when it was purchased by Robert King of Indiana. Following Mr. King ’ s ownership, it passed through the hands of Parker Motor Company and Leith Pontiac Buick GMC in the late 1990s before being purchased by Mr. Wiseman in 1999.

The Isetta ’ s odometer reads 12,414 miles, which although cannot be verified, given the condition of the car, is believed to be correct. The quality of the paint is quite good although not of concours quality; likewise, the interior features a houndstooth patterned vinyl seat and is very clean. Mechanically fit and nicely presented, the Isetta is a fine driver quality automobile that offers a lot of fun for its next owner.

Reference Number 15082

as of 11/5/2007

Car 1958 BMW Isetta 300
VIN 510695