1959 BMW ISETTA 300
Registration No. XLB 716 (to be confirmed)
Chassis No. 317425
Engine No. tba
Yellow with dark blue seats and tan carpets.
Engine: BMW single cylinder, 297cc; Gearbox: four-speed manual and reverse with synchromesh; Suspension: front swing arms, rear leaf springs; Brakes: hydraulic front and rear; Left-hand drive.
BMW's Isetta is probably the most popular and recognisable of all Bubble cars; built between 1955 and 1962, the concept was based on the company's attempt to adjust to a changing car market in post-war Europe. The simplistic design was taken from an idea that originated with the Iso company in Milan, Italy.
Power was from a 247cc BMW motor cycle engine positioned at the rear, and the entire drivetrain was then packed in ahead of and between the narrowly spaced rear wheels. From October 1956 a second body became available and now featured a 297cc engine.
This 1959 example has been restored in part. It is described as being in good running order and drives well, although is not currently MoT'd. The car has been in its present ownership for a couple of years having been stored previously for many years - it was last taxed in 1971 and is presently without a correct registration document, although does have an old style log book.
It is offered Without Reserve.