1957 - RARE 57 BMW ISETTA 300 MICRO CAR WITH SUNROOF For Sale
www.isettabroker.com is excited to offer this very rare and unique 1957 BMW Isetta 300 micro car with sunroof. It shows only 11515 miles which appear to be original. These cars are among the most sought after collectible cars in the world. They have a very unusual one door design. There have been only a couple of these cars ever seen for sale in the marketplace in the last few years. This car is very nicely restored on a solid body and chassis. The motor was rebuilt and runs great! Do not miss this rare opportunity to acquire the real deal.
The interior is emaculate. The seats and rear dash are very clean, with no rips, stains or wear showing.
BMW made the Isetta its own. They redesigned the powerplant around a more reliable BMW one-cylinder, four-stroke, 247 cc motorcycle engine making 13 hp (10 kW). Although the major elements of the Italian design remained intact, BMW re-engineered much of the car, so much so that none of the parts between a BMW Isetta Moto Coupe and an Iso Isetta are interchangeable. The first BMW Isetta appeared in April, 1955.
In October 1956 the Isetta Moto Coupe DeLuxe (sliding-window Isetta) was introduced. The bubble windows were replaced by longer, sliding side windows. The engineers had enlarged the single cylinder to a 72 mm bore and 73 mm stroke, which gave a displacement of exactly 298 cc, and at the same time they raised the compression ratio from 6.8 to 7.0:1. In this way the engine now generated 13 hp (10 kW) at 5200 rpm, and the torque rose to 18.4 N•m at 4600 rpm. The maximum speed remained at 85 km/h (53 mph), yet there was a marked increase in flexibility, chiefly noticeable on gradients. In addition to the quest for better performance, there was another reason for the change: it was then still possible to drive the 250 cc Isetta with the old Class IV driving license. Quite a number of Isettas were lovingly maintained by their owners for years and even decades, precisely because they possessed no other license. On the other hand, from 1956 onwards, first-time drivers had to pass the test for Class III if they wanted to drive a car. True, the Class IV license continued to be issued, but it was only valid for small motorcycles.
A second, similar reason for fitting the larger engine was the prevailing tax regime. The 250 cc engine did not take full advantage of the tax class, which then went up to 300 cc. Nicknamed the "rolling egg", the BMW 250, 300, 600 and Isetta cars were designed at a time when cheap, short distance transportation was needed. This car runs and drives great. Everything on the car is in working order and is very clean. The red paint on the car is exceptional, with no visible dents, dings, scratches, discoloration or rust. All body panels are in excellent shape. Tires, chrome and interior are all in very good shape considering the age of the vehicle. The engine runs and looks good. The oil is clean. The glass is all in very good shape and all appear to be original as well. The windows slide open smoothly. Both front and rear bumpers are in great condition, there is some very minor pitting.
It is a 4 speed manual transmission and it shifts like it is supposed to. The 145 SR 10 Radial tires are in good shape with lots of tread left. The brakes work well. The rear chrome luggage rack is solid. The retractable sunroof is in great condition and is manually operated. Some other data on this car: Motor is a BMW, 1 cylinder, 4 stroke 295cc, steel body, swing arm front suspension, 13 horse-power, rear leaf suspension, gearbox 4 speed plus reverse, worm type steering, Dynastart starter, hydraulic brakes, 12 volt electrical system, wheels 4.8 x 10” coil ignition, chassis is steel tube type. The lights, blinkers and horn work well. The wipers are currently inoperable; we are looking in to this, no promises though. The VIN is 510624 and is being sold on a mileage exempt Nevada title. There are only a handful of these surviving in the world; do not miss this rare opportunity to acquire a very nice desirable collector car that is extreme fun to own and drive. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!