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Lot 174: BMW Isetta

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

Bubble cars were a post-war phenomenon, small cheap cars for predominantly urban use, developed to satisfy the changing European market; the most recognisable of the breed being the BMW Isetta which was built in various guises from 1955 until 1962.

The BMW Bubble Car burst onto our roads in the summer of 1955, shocking young and old alike. It's no nonsense mechanics and avant garde frontal opening were the automotive tonic that Britain needed at that time. The design was very space conscious, and this was responsible for the car's quirky styling. Made under licence in Brighton, the engine was a BMW 297cc motor cycle unit mounted in the rear of the car.

The Isetta is said to be the very best microcar of its time. Certainly it is the archetypal bubble car, and is today recognized and loved worldwide. There was a scramble for anybody who was anybody to be seen in one. From Cary Grant to Sir Stirling Moss, this cheeky chappy even had starring roles in films such as 'Romanoff and Juliette' with Sir Peter Ustinov.

On offer today is this fabulous 300 model which has had the same registered keeper from new with the date of first registration being 28th November 1960. Re-sprayed in 2002 this charming little car underwent light recommissioning earlier this year which included a new sunroof, door rubbers and general all round maintenance. With a reported mileage of only 34,191 miles from new this fine iconic bubble car is supplied with a V5 document and current MoT certificate valid until February 2013.

Offered at No Reserve this is a rare opportunity to acquire a rare and historic car which played its part in creating the legend that has become BMW.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number174
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£10620
Year1960
Condition rating0
Registration number7102 PU
Mileage-
Chassis numberA326423
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Engine capacity (cc)
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