Lot 28

2015   |   Amelia Island 2015

1960 BMW Isetta 300

SOLD $26,400


$35,000 - $45,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

Left-Hand-Drive Export Model Manufactured in the UK
Beloved Microcar Favorite
Formerly Part of the Prestigious Collection of John O’Quinn
Charming Color Combination and Presentation
Well-Maintained Older Restoration

Technical Specs

298 CC OHC Single-Cylinder Engine
Single Carburetor
13 HP at 5,200 RPM
4-Speed Manual Transmission
3-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Swing-Arm Front Suspension with Coil Springs
Rigid Rear Axle with Elliptical Leaf Springs
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The diminutive Isetta 300, also known in Germany as “the rolling egg,” was developed by BMW in 1955 specifically to offer a reasonably priced mode of transport to the people of war-torn Germany. Observing its huge popularity, Great Britain obtained the license to produce the Isetta at an old locomotive factory in Brighton in 1957 and offered the “Bubble” at the grand price of £359.

This lovely example was built in the UK, presumably for the Canadian market, as it is left-hand drive. At just 770 lbs., less than 8' long, and 5' wide, the Isetta 300 became a British celebrity.

This adorable Isetta’s frst-known owner was Lance Pedwell of the UK, who acquired it in 1996, as documented by the Isetta Owners Club of Great Britain. During the next decade, it was restored and shipped to the US. In 2006, it was purchased by John O’Quinn for his famous collection in Houston.

Attractively finished in sky blue with complementary blue plaid interior and a gray soft sunroof, this Isetta 300 presents in beautiful condition. Always a crowd-pleaser, whimsical, and highly collectible, this charming microcar offers both practicality and prestige.