1957 BMW Isetta

300 Export

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1957
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Sunroof
    Yes
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Interior colour 
    Grey
  • Number of doors 
    1
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Orange
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Performance 
    13 PS / 10 kW / 13 BHP
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

The Iso company in Italy built refrigerators and small motorised vehicles. Their founder Renzo Rivolta commissioned his engineers to build a small affordable car at a time when most Italians only owned bicycles and scooters. They used one of their motorcycle engines and named his new car the Isetta (little Iso). The Isetta was a sensation and the first micro car of its kind. It even took part in the Mille Miglia road race in 1954.

In 1954 Renzo  Rivolta wanted to concentrate Iso's efforts on his new Iso Rivolta sports car and explored licensing agreements. BMW not only took up a license to produce the Isetta but bought all the tooling too. Production started on the BMW Isetta in 1955 and the first one left the factory in April that same year.

The BMW Isetta had to be redesigned for BMW's version of its 250cc single cylinder motorcycle engine. With the changes to the engine done, it made 12 BHP and could reach a top speed of 85 km/h. It was the world's first mass produced car to reach a fuel consumption figure of 3 L per 100 km and was the top selling single cylinder car of that time.
In 1956 Germany implemented a law stating that cars were not allowed to use an engine with a displacement of 250 cc and below. As a result, BMW increased the engine displacement of the Isetta to 298cc as 300cc was the maximum displacement allowed for the tax category that it was placed in.
This example has undergone a complete nut and bolt restoration at Crossley & Webb and is in immaculate condition. This is a perfect opportunity to own a rare and restored example of one of the most iconic Micro cars in the world.