1959 BMW Isetta 300

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.

Auction Results

  • Sold for: $24,000
  • Auction End: April 8, 2021, 3:12 p.m.
  • Number of Bids: 11
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Comments (21)

  • VictorD 1 week, 4 daysago

    Sold for $24,000

  • VictorD 1 week, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $24,000

  • Edshefld 1 week, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $22,000

  • calLAW 1 week, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $21,000

  • VictorD 1 week, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $20,000

  • Edshefld 1 week, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $18,000

  • bobmilleriii 1 week, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $16,500

  • VictorD 1 week, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $15,900

  • FLacasse (seller) 1 week, 4 daysago

    @VictorD Hello! We have no video unfortunatly.
    And for the front door rubber seal, yes, it is missing.

  • Vkurry 1 week, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $15,005

  • VictorD (registered bidder) 1 week, 5 daysago

    FLacasse, thank you for responding to the question of importing back to US.
    Is there video available of Cold Start, Short Drive possibly from inside Isetta?
    I noticed in photos that it appears the rubber seal is missing from door? (Looks like yellowish adhesive in track remains).

  • Timestatement 1 week, 6 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $10,000

  • FLacasse (seller) 2 weeksago

    @cord4530 Thank you so much for your comment and references!

  • cord4530 (registered bidder) 2 weeksago

    @VictorD There are several great websites that help guide you through the process of importing a vehicle to the US. A few years back I brought over a 1991 Nissan Figaro from Canada. So long as the vehicle is over 25 years old the process is relatively simple. If you're going to bring it across yourself just make sure to bring all the proper paperwork with you. Look at several websites (including the NTHSA vehicle importing page). If you have the funds, paying an importer to do it for you is certainly the easy route. Here are a few links:
    https://www.hemmings.com/stories/2019/09/30/how-to-import-a-vintage-car-canada-to-united-states
    https://www.nhtsa.gov/importing-vehicle

  • FLacasse (seller) 2 weeksago

    @hayleyodom Thanks for your question!
    The Isetta has a 3.2-gallon gasoline tank.
    achieve a fuel consumption of 3 L/100 km (94 mpg?imp; 78 mpg?US)

  • hayleyodom 2 weeks, 1 dayago

    Bid in the amount of $5,000

  • hayleyodom (registered bidder) 2 weeks, 2 daysago

    Cute car! How many gallons of fuel does it hold and mpg? I did not see a fuel gauge?

  • FLacasse (seller) 2 weeks, 2 daysago

    @VictorD Thank you for reaching out to us. These are good questions. Since we do not have previous experience with this, we will ask the PcarMarket Specialists and get back to you about this. Meanwhile, if you want to check with a transportation / custom specialist you can let them know that the car was previously imported from California USA to Montréal Canada (this may be important info for customs purposes).
    Hope to get back to you soon with more info.

  • VictorD (registered bidder) 2 weeks, 2 daysago

    Do you have information of importation to a USA buyer? Taxes, fees, transportation etc. We are located in WA state and are very interested in bidding on your beautiful Isetta 300.

  • angusrogers 2 weeks, 2 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $2,500

  • FLacasse (seller) 2 weeks, 3 daysago

    Hello!
    Thank you for taking a look at this photo tour of our Isetta!
    This car is surely making heads turn and putting smiles on faces!!
    If you should have questions, please comment and I will answer to the best of my knowledge.

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1959 BMW Isetta 300
Final bid: $24,000 This auction has ended.