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Lot 249: BMW Isetta

Cars & Motorcycles, Historics at Brooklands (26 May 2012)

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-production 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 295cc BMW Isetta was first registered on 7th May 1959 and presents in excellent condition. Originally first registered to First Front BMW, this is a rare, righthand drive model and is supplied with a very comprehensive service history including the original bill of sale. Described by the vendor as being interesting and fun to drive we are informed that it will have a full year's MoT test certificate prior to the auction. Supplied with a V5 registration, this Isetta has only had two owners in 53 years; these quirky and unusual cars are highly sought after and with a pedigree as good as this one, surely this is a must for all collectors.

Lot Details
Auction Cars & Motorcycles
Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands
TypeCar
Lot Number249
Estimate£9000-£13000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1959
Condition rating
Registration numberXNC427
Mileage-
Chassis numberA15117
Engine numberA15117
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors