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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Mini

The very first Isetta was introduced to the large public in 1953.

Designed as a short-distance purposed vehicle (or microcar), the Isetta was developed in Italy and assembled in several European countries (from Germany and Spain to France or Great Britain).

Due to its egg-shape body style, this car was nicknamed 'The Bubble Car'. Two years after Iso Isetta's official launch in Turin, BMW designed an Isetta of its own, featuring the same exterior design but different components. It initially came with a 250 cc 4-stroke engine (based on the BMW R25/3 motorcycle) and a revised suspension. A year later, BMW introduced the Isetta Moto Coupe DeLuxe with redesigned windows and improved on-road performance.

A BMW Isetta was used to smuggle people across the East to West Berlin and it's also the vehicle that helped BMW reborn after World War II. In 1955, the BMW Isetta became the world's first mass-production car to achieve a fuel consumption of 3 L/100 km (78 mpg-US).

Later on, a new Isetta 600 version was launched, featuring a longer wheelbase (to accommodate up to 4 people) and a more powerful 582 cc twin engine. This model was discontinued in 1962 and was replaced by the new BMW 700. More than 160,000 units were sold worldwide.

BMW Isetta 1955 - 1962 10 Photos
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BMW Isetta 1955 - 1962
  2 gasoline engines
  • 0.3
  • 0.6

BMW Isetta 0.3

ENGINE SPECS  –  0.3
Cylinders
1
Displacement
298 cm3
Power
9.7 KW @ 5200 RPM
13 HP @ 5200 RPM
13 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
13 lb-ft @ 4600 RPM
18 Nm @ 4600 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
51 mph (82 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 4 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
DIMENSIONS
Length
88.6 in (2250 mm)
Width
52.8 in (1341 mm)
Height
52 in (1321 mm)
Front/rear Track
47.2 in (1199 mm)
Wheelbase
59.1 in (1501 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
777.9 lbs (353 kg)

BMW Isetta 0.6

ENGINE SPECS  –  0.6
Cylinders
B2
Displacement
582 cm3
Power
15 KW @ 4000 RPM
20 HP @ 4000 RPM
20 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
29 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
39 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 4 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
DIMENSIONS
Length
116 in (2946 mm)
Width
54 in (1372 mm)
Height
56 in (1422 mm)
Front/rear Track
49/46.5 in (1,245/1,181 mm)
Wheelbase
76 in (1930 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.5 in (165 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1123.6 lbs (510 kg)
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