You know why you love a bubble car like this 1958 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 strong-running example like
Today the Isetta is an 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 Savannah Yellow
paint looks great, and it helps highlight all the brightwork. It
might seem funny that such a minimalist car could have room for a
three-piece front chrome bumper, a wide rear one, plenty of trim,
and intricate wheel covers, but it all added a touch of style to
the simpler life. In fact, this one loves showcasing classic
details, like the suitcase on the luggage rack and the classic
Everyone loves to see the whole front end open up with the single
door, especially with the attached 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. The
yellow plaid fabric bench provides a very cool focal-point for the
interior. The fabric sunroof was standard - a second exit if
needed. This is a later model Isetta, so you also get sliding side
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 hardy four-stroke motorcycle
engine. Today that same matching numbers motor is in this little
piece of history. Plus, the way it fires up and runs is another
reminder that there have been the right investments in this Isetta.
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.
This Isetta is for the detail-oriented bubble car lover who also
loves to have a fun Sunday drive. It may be a small package, but
you'll be amazed at the big attention it commands. Call