BMW Isetta 300 export SPECIFICATIONS
what makes the BMW Isetta special?
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.
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