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Lot 407: BMW Isetta 300 Microcar Project

The Harrogate Sale, Bonhams (13 November 2013)

Renzo Rivolta's Isothermos company had begun life pre-war making refrigerators, turning to the manufacture of scooters, under the Iso name, after WW2 and thence to the highly successful Isetta 'bubble car'. The Italians though, preferred the small FIATs, and Iso ceased production after only a few thousand had been made. Nevertheless, its potential had not gone unnoticed elsewhere and the design continued to be built under license in several other countries, including Germany and the UK, well into the 1960s. This left-hand drive Isetta was acquired by its late owner in the mid-1970s and remained in his possession until he passed away towards the end of 2012. For the duration of his ownership the Isetta was dry stored and preserved in good order. We are advised that the running gear appears to be in good condition with some components having been replaced. The bodywork is likewise in very good order, although the paintwork is of poor quality and a complete re-spray would be required to bring it up to standard. Various lights and other minor components are absent, although replacements appear to be readily available. All in all, the car's general condition is such that it is an ideal candidate for a complete restoration. There are no documents with this Lot, which is sold strictly as viewed.

Lot Details
Auction The Harrogate Sale
Bonhams, Harrogate, Yorkshire, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number407
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£5000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£5750
Year1959
Condition rating
Registration number323 EKF
Mileage-
Chassis number318308
Engine number318308
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors