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The egg-shaped Isetta can be said to be the very best microcar of its time. Certainly it is the archetypal "bubble car", and is today recognized and loved worldwide.

The car’s origins were in Milan, Italy at the scooter and refrigerator company of Iso SpA, run by Renzo Rivolta. Called Isetta, or "little Iso", the car was a startling, totally unconventional design that caused a furor at its introduction in Turin in November 1953. From this influential debut grew a number of licensed branches worldwide, the main one being BMW in Germany.

It was seen by BMW as filling a gap between their motorcycle range and the luxury 501 models. The car was redesigned to take the 250cc 4-stroke engine from the R-25 motorcycle, and the front suspension was changed. The finished car was announced in April 1955 and went into production shortly after. The quirky little Motocoupe as it was called by BMW, became the dream of the workingman, and by November 1955, ten thousand had been built. In February 1956, came a 300cc motor. In September of that year the redesigned "sliding-window" model made its debut, looking altogether more harmonious. 22,543 examples of the "egg" rolled off the line in this, its biggest year ever.






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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-06-2005, 11:10 AM
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Problem with the Isetta: It was a death trap. Other than that, pretty neat.
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^ +1, I wouldn't wanna be in that drag version.. only one way outta that sucker - and that way is most likely to be damaged in a collision. No thanks! lol
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Cars like the Isetta and the Suez Canal crisis of the 50s was the biggest reason the Austin Mini was created and began sales in 1959. British thinking was "a proper gentleman needs a proper automobile" and the micro car was not it.
It's incredible handling and race potential were not fully realized until after it was released.

But you got to love than you can park nose in to the curb and not stick out into traffic.

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WTF is this?!?!?!?
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Apparently, some people have entirely too much free time!

Picture driving this in the middle lane between two Excursions.

Now back to our originally scheduled program...

Black/black coupe - Hurst short throw shifter - FRP progressive springs/4.10 gears/shorty headers - Cervini Stainless Grille - Bassani axle-back stainless exhaust - Hawk Ceramic Brakes - 19" JAZ rims (245x35's & 275x30 Toyo TR-I's) - "Pony" engine cover - Webelectrics sequential signals - 35% tint - chrome tail light grids - stainless hood prop rods - Steeda Upper Control Arm Stage III Comp cams/ "racer" CAI/BBK 62 mm Throttle Body/SCT Tuner/Steeda underdrive pulleys - 329.4 RWHP


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what was the purpose for such a design?
i want a twin turbo installled on that bitch!!
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wonder what that orange one has under the hoo.......wait......there is no hood. Was this the predecessor to the pinto?





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bah!! I want a SmartCar!!!!!!!!


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