Isetta BMW?

1957 Isetta BMW 300 Coupe

Sorry for the punny headline - this is a serious little car!

Parked in amongst Mercedes, Lambos and McLarens this little car was attracting MORE than its fair share of attention!

Before we start with the pictures, here are a few things you may not know about the Isetta!

The Isetta became the first mass-production car IN THE WORLD to achieve a fuel consumption of 3 L/100 km (94mpg).

It was the best selling single-engine car IN THE WORLD, with 161, 728 sold.

It was built originally not by BMW, but by Italian firm Iso SpA, who built refrigerators!, motor scooters and small three-wheeled trucks.

4 Separate manufacturers (including BMW) were licensed by ISO to build the Isetta.

If you're wondering, ISO is the same company that went on the create the stunning (and worst named car IN THE WORLD) ISO Rivolto and other spectacular cars.

Isetta is an Italian diminutive meaning "Little ISO".

It measures only 7.5 feet long by 4.5 feet wide.

The entire front of the car swivels out to allow entry and exit, and the instruments and steering wheel are attached to the door.

In the event of an accident, the occupants were expected to exit through the sun-roof!

Originally designed as a 3-wheeler it was very prone to falling over, so a second wheel was added out back, set 19 inches apart. The narrow axle eliminates the need for a differential.

Power is 9.5 hp from the 236cc 2-stroke motor-cycle engine.

On with the pictures!

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Comments (10)

  • I think I do want one.

      2 years ago
  • One of BMWs coolest cars, but as all cool BMWs they are incredible expensive

      2 years ago
    • THis one just had a ground-up Resto, I dread to think what he imagines it is worth :)

        2 years ago
    • Oh that makes it a lot more expensive here the lower one costs about 25-30kโ‚ฌ that's about 40-47k Australian dollar ๐Ÿ˜‚ a lot of money for a car that would nearly fit in the trunk of your Subie

        2 years ago
  • Great looking little cars! 9.5HP? My lawn mower has 25!

      2 years ago