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1957 BMW Isetta 300

BMW Isetta 1957 technical specifications

Condition: Used
Item location: United States
Make: BMW
Model: Isetta
SubModel: 300
Type: Hatchback
Doors: 5
Year: 1957
Mileage: 4,850
Color: Other
Engine size: 300cc
Transmission: Manual
Interior color: Other
Options: Sunroof
Vehicle Title: Clear
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You know why you love a bubble car like this 1957 BMW Isetta. What was once a vehicle that got a country back on wheels is now an icon of fun things arriving in small packages. So to maximize your smiles, you want a quality restored and ready-to-run version like this one.Today the Isetta is a interesting part of a legendary history. After all, the premium driver-focused BMWs of today are not exactly reflected in this economy car. But what we do see is that BMW's superior quality was able to take Iso's design and make a sturdy car that helped get Germany back in the automotive market after WWII. That's the true beauty of BMW's engineering, and it's showcased correctly on this restored Isetta. The clearcoat beige paint looks great, and it helps highlight all the brightwork. It might seem funny that such a minimalist car could have room for chrome bumpers, headlight/taillight trim, and hubcaps, but it added a touch of style to the simpler life. So it's great to see it all complete on this car today.Everyone loves to see the whole front end open up with the single door and swing-out steering wheel. Everything was about serving as much purpose as possible, which makes restoring the interior to this level a bit trickier than you might think. That's also why the ignition and speedometer are housed in the same bracket that supports the steering wheel. Plus, the fabric sunroof was standard, that way there was a second exit if needed. This is a later model Isetta, so you get sliding windows, which means plenty of welcomed added ventilation. The power from this city car is part of its allure when new. While the original Iso came with a smoky two-stroke motor, BMW installed a 298cc version of their powerful and reliable four-stroke motorcycle engine. Today that same matching numbers motor is in this little piece of history. Mated to a four-speed manual transmission, you're still not going to win any drag races, but there's a lot of fun and versatility in being able to reach down a gear for added pep. You can tell from the pictures that a lot of work went into restoring this powerplant, which is also believed to be original to the car. You will also note this is a four-wheeled version, which gives this restored BMW added stability on the road. There's even a set of whitewall tires for added 1950's flair.Complete with the rare owner's manual, maintenance guides, restoration photos, and other documents, it will be hard to find a better Isetta that is restored to this quality, to provide so many smiles today, and well-arranged to keep you smiling for years to come. Call now!!

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