1957 BMW ISETTA 300
Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 140
Year : 1957
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : manual
Registration No. : 17 MMF
Chassis No. : 10650
Engine No. : 10650
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale


The Isetta is an Italian-designed microcar built under licence
in a number of different countries including Germany and the United
Kingdom. Produced in the post war years, at a time when cheap,
short distance transportation was most needed, it became one of the
most successful and influential city cars ever created. Because of
its egg shape and bubble-like windows, it became known as a 'bubble
car'; a name then later given to other similar vehicles. The Isetta
was, in 1955, the world's first mass-produced car and was the
top-selling single-cylinder car in the world with a total of
161,728 units sold. BMW made the Isetta its own, redesigning most
of the car so much so that none of the parts between a BMW Isetta
Moto Coupé and an Iso Isetta could be interchangeable. While it
retained the 'Bubble Window' styling, the BMW version differed from
the Italian model in that the headlamps were fixed separately to
the sides of the bodywork and it carried the BMW badge below the

This is a British built Isetta 300 built under licence from BMW
as stamped on the chassis plate. Registered on 3rd
September 1957, the first owner was S.Smith (England) Ltd. of
Cricklewood in London, perhaps better known as Smiths Industries.
It is thought they carried out some research and development on
this car as it is fitted with an electo-magnetic clutch. Having
undergone a comprehensive restoration in the late 1990's, this
delightfully handsome four wheel 'bubble car' has sat in the
vendor's dining room for the last few years, undoubtedly a great
talking point over dinner. The vendor has been collecting microcars
for the last 22 years and is an encyclopaedia of knowledge when
talking about his impressive collection of cars. This superb and
very rare example is supplied with the original buff logbook and a
comprehensive history folder.  
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170