Engine Size
298cc OHV
Transmission Type
4 Speed Manual
Body Style
Coupe
Miles
2,582
Vin
507358
Stock
C180421A

1957 BMW Isetta! An amazing BMW icon.

This 1957 BMW Isetta is small, but don't mistake that for stealth. Sometimes the biggest surprises come in the smallest packages! Driving this car, you're sure to gather a crowd.

“Isetta” is an Italian word for “little Iso,” Iso being originally a refrigerator manufacturing company that branched out. The single front door, hinged on one side and carrying the steering wheel and gauges, even hearkens back to refrigerator design. Such a cool car!

In 1955 BMW bought the rights from Iso to manufacture the Isetta in Germany. BMW improved the design right away, and this car benefits from the larger German motor, still just one cylinder, but displacing 298 cc and producing a full 13 hp. The air-cooled OHV engine is backed by a 4-speed manual transmission, and reportedly propels the Isetta to a top speed of 53 mph. Maybe don't go that fast, though. Fuel economy approaches 50 mpg with more relaxed around town cruising.

This 1957 BMW Isetta sliding window coupe is completely restored using factory parts and comes with the original Bill of Sale indicating it was sold new in Washington, D.C., on October 10, 1957. Dealer options include a chrome trunk-mount luggage rack, windshield defrost vent, and white wall tires. At a Lime Rock Rolex Vintage Festival show, it scored 970 out of 1,000 points (score sheet included), proof of its quality and appeal. It was part of the Ron Pratte collection sold at Barrett-Jackson in 2015.

The car is light, so power is adequate, but every other vehicle on the road is bigger. The car handles well at moderate speeds, but with limited suspension travel, the car doesn't leave much to the imagination in terms of road conditions.

If you have the right attitude—unafraid, not taking yourself too seriously, and a bit of attention seeking—this might be just the car you were looking for. It's an immaculate first-year U.S. model, and it's is ready for fun. Call Art & Speed at (901) 850-0507 for more information.

MECHANICAL

  • 298 cc engine
  • 4-Speed Manual Transmission
  • Manual Choke (Located inside of car)
  • Emergency/Parking Brake works as it should

CHASSIS

  • 4-Wheel Drum brakes
  • Manual Steering
  • 10' Steel wheels
  • BMW Chrome wheel hub covers
  • BFGoodrich Silvertown 4.80-10 Tires

EXTERIOR

  • Beautiful factory color repaint
  • Great Condition front and rear chrome bumpers
  • Chrome Trim in good condition minimal wear
  • Chrome Luggage Carrier in Great Shape
  • Clear Headlights
  • Chrome Mirrors
  • Gray Cloth Convertible top in great condition

INTERIOR

  • Beautiful Off-White Interior Bench Seat
  • Crème colored Steering Wheel and Dash in great condition
  • Gauges appear original and working
  • Working Heater
  • Windows Slide and Lock perfectly
  • All lights work as they should
  • Rubber Black Mat in great condition

Engine

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
298cc OHV
Fuel Specification

Body

Body Color
Red
Body Style
Coupe
Doors
Paint Type

Basic

Year
1957
Make
BMW
Model
Isetta
Miles
2,582

Interior

Interior Color
White
Secondary Interior Color
Seating Type
Bench
Seat Material
Vinyl
Shifter Type
Center Console
No

Estimated Monthly Payment

$642.52

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