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Rare 1958 BMW 600 Auctioned for $55,000 at Amelia

The 1950s were troubling times for BMW that was struggling to recover from the second World War. It was about at that time that they started making really affordable cars in order to avoid bankruptcy and a Daimler takeover.
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One of those economy models was the BMW 600. Fitted with a 26 BHP, 582 cc flat-twin engine, four-speed manual transmission, coil-spring independent front suspension, semi-trailing arm independent rear suspension and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes, it wasn’t state of the art back in 1958 but it would get you through the day.

This car came to life after the Germans took over the Isetta minicar enterprise, started by Italian industrialist Renzo Rivolta. The Isetta platform gave birth to a couple of models, this being one of them.

Over 160,000 Isettas were sold over the 15 years it was in production and yet, that car was terribly small. A proper 4-seater was needed and that’s how the 600 came to life.

It was basically the same car with a longer wheelbase and an extra door on the right side for the rear seats that was sold in over 35,000 units from 1957 to 1959.

The car that was up for auction at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance was a mint, rust-free Colorado vehicle with its original engine that went only through two owners since its production. Nearly three decades ago it was restored by a dealer in Longmont, Colorado only to undergo the same process in 2013 at the Isetta and BMW specialists from Agger Automotive in Englewood, Colorado.

The lucky man that won it at the RM Auction even on March 8 paid $55,000 dollars for it and he already announced that it will be put up for display at various shows around the US starting this year.


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