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1957 BMW Isetta

1959 BMW Isetta Dragster









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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^ +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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Apparently, some people have entirely too much free time! :doh:

Picture driving this in the middle lane between two Excursions. :rolf2:

Now back to our originally scheduled program... :shiftdrive:
 
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