BMW Isetta 300

Developed by Renzo Rivolta’s Iso works in Italy as an efficient and affordable form of motorized transportation following World War II, the Isetta was also licensed by BMW for manufacture in Germany. Introduced in 1955, its unusual ovoid shape brought about the whimsical nickname, “das rollende Ei” – German for “the rolling egg”.

The BMW Isetta debuted in 1955 at the Frankfurt Auto Show alongside a giant BMW 505 Pullman Limousine, which must have created quite a scene at the BMW stand. While the Isetta sold quite poorly in Italy, the timing for BMW in Germany was perfect as the little cars quickly became fashionable, and the Bundespost used them extensively as well. The little Isetta quickly achieved cult status in the United States and was featured on several television variety show programs.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California and in March of 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

13 bhp, 298 cc overhead valve air-cooled single-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, front leading arm suspension with coil springs, rigid rear axle with quarter-elliptic leaf springs and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 59.1".

Source: RM Auctions

BMW Isetta 300