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Lot 109: BMW Isetta

Classic, Collectors & Sports Cars, Barons (8 December 2009)

Iso Rivolta was initially named Isothermos and manufactured refrigeration units before World War II. The company was originally founded in Genoa in 1939, but was transferred to Bresso in 1942 by Renzo Rivolta, an engineer and the heir of industrialists. The business was reformed as Iso Autoveicoli S.p.a. in 1953 to reflect the production of motorised transport. In 1973 it was again renamed to Iso Motors, just before fading into obscurity. The company was responsible for some beautiful motor cars and for the Isetta Bubble Car.

In 1954, Iso entered several Isettas in the legendary Mille Miglia. They took the top three spots in the economy classification and also captured the attention of BMW. A year later, Iso licensed the design and manufacturing rights to BMW and the real history of the Isetta began. BMW quickly made a number of changes, including a new 247cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine, borrowed from the BMW R25 motorcycle, that made thirteen horsepower, boosted top speed to around 50mph.

Offered here is a 1959, 300cc example of the Isetta, which has had four owners from new, with current registered keeper owing the car since 1984. The car has been dry stored since 1985 and is now offered for sale due to bereavement.

Finished in duo-tone blue, the car has been inspected by the Isetta Owners Club and has been described as being totally original, with the exception of the seat covers. The car will require recommissioning, at least. The vendor states that the car has not been running since 1985.

The car is offered complete with the V5 and a file of paperwork, which includes articles, copies of the Isetta Gazette and bills from the owners club for various parts.

Lot Details
Auction Classic, Collectors & Sports Cars
Barons, Surrey
TypeCar
Lot Number109
Estimate£3500-£5000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£3000
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1959
Condition rating0
Registration numberXON119
Mileage-
Chassis numberA314691
Engine numberA314691
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors