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Lot 58

2015   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2015

1956 BMW Isetta 300 Convertible

SOLD $68,200

Estimate

$50,000 - $70,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

494599

Car Highlights

Documented Restoration by Isetta Specialist Greg Hahs, Completed in 2009
Quintessential Isetta Color Combination
Part of a Prominent West Coast Collection
Charming Microcar Favorite
One of the Rarest Isetta Variants

Technical Specs

298 CC OHC 1-Cylinder Engine
Single Carburetor
13 HP at 5,800 RPM
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Swing-Arm Front Suspension
Leaf-Spring Rear Suspension
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Established Italian refrigeration company Iso created its first automobile in the 1950s. The Isetta “bubble-car” started out in 1953 with a two-stroke scooter engine, three wheels, and a single outward opening door. In 1955, BMW acquired the license to build the wildly popular Isetta and developed the 300 model with a 298 cc four-stroke engine that could top 53 mph and tackle hills, which would have been daunting to its predecessor.

Perhaps fewer than 50 full cabriolet Isettas were ever built – and this 1956 four-wheel, “bubble”-window example is one of them. It was painstakingly restored in 2009 for an Arizona collector by Isetta specialist Greg Hahs of Upland, California. His restoration was fully documented in an accompanying photo album and the result is a true show-quality car. Finished in two-tone candy orange and white paint with orange and tan interior, this lovely little convertible Isetta features the desirable “Z-Mold” chrome trim and an off-white soft top panel, allowing for a unique open-air motoring experience. In 2010, this rare Isetta was added to the current owner’s museum and it became one of its most celebrated microcar exhibits.

A stunning and rare example of the model, this gorgeous Isetta is true eye candy and ready for its first presentation on the show field where it is sure to delight and draw acclaim.