We are pleased to present this 1959 BMW Isetta 300 finished in a two-tone Blue and Light Gray finish. Originally designed by the Italian refrigerator manufacturer Iso SpA., the Isetta caused a sensation at the time of its debut with its unique styling and compact proportions. BMW took over production of the Isetta in 1955 and increased the capacity of the single-cylinder engine to 298cc in 1956 to comply with German motoring regulations. Offering more smiles-per-mile than most any other car on the road, this 1959 example is said to have undergone a restoration and is now being offered for auction by its seller in Canada.
This Isetta is said to have received a high-level restoration in its original combination of Blue and Light grey at some point in the past. Detailed images are available in the photo gallery depicting the condition of this vehicle. This example features a retractable cloth sunroof, a chrome rear luggage rack and bumperettes, sliding side windows, and 10” ivory-painted wheels with chrome hubcaps and period-correct whitewall tires. These tires are suggested to be replaced in the near future.
Upon opening the forward-facing refrigerator-style front door, you will find a nicely presented dark blue and tan interior that highlights white pinstriping on the seat and blue basket weave carpeting. Some other details include a painted 3-spoke steering wheel and driver and passenger sun visors. The single instrument dial is said to be working properly and currently shows 7,891 miles (TMU).
This Isetta is powered by a 298cc single-cylinder 4-stroke engine that drives the rear wheels through a 4-speed manual gearbox. With an output of 13 HP at 5200 RPM, the Isetta 300 is capable of reaching a factory-claimed top speed of 53 MPH. All mechanical systems are inworking order though the brakes are said to need an adjustment due to this vehicle being sparingly driven in a climate controlled collection.
This sale of this Isetta will include a complete key set, vintage German luggage and clean title. The perfect addition to any enthusiast’s collection, this beautifully restored Isetta is sure to bring a smile to the face of its next owner as well as all who pass by.