One of the more successful designs of the cabin scooter’s heyday was the BMW Isetta, manufactured under license from its Italian originator Iso. Although at first glance a three-wheeler, the German-built Isetta used a pair of closely spaced wheels at the rear and was powered by a single-cylinder four-stroke engine of 247cc, replacing the original’s noisy two-stroke motor. The coachwork of early examples featured a side-hinged single door at the front, roll-top sunroof and fixed side windows, while the steering wheel and dashboard were attached to the door to facilitate entry. The two-seater Isetta’s most popular accessory, understandably so given the limited interior space, was a small luggage rack mounted at the rear. Later (1957-onwards) models incorporated sliding side windows for better ventilation. These improved models displaced 297cc and the ‘big’ Isetta 300 was reckoned capable of 65mph.
The Isetta on offer today has been recently restored to an exceptionally high standard with original parts. This charming little bubble car comes complete with a host of photos and receipts for over 9000 euros.
Offered with Hungarian registration papers, this wonderful example needs to be seen to be appreciated.