by Mike –
Here is my pick for the classic car for sale today that I would like to own. RM Auctions is auctioning off cars from The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum in Madison, Georgia on February 15 and 16, 2013.
Recently I wrote about a Triumph TR6 at this auction and today the choice is a much more rare car, the Iso Isetta, not to be confused with the BMW Isetta.
Iso created this unique car design in the early 1950s, an obvious extension of their motorcycle business. Starting in 1954, the Isetta design was licensed to automobile manufacturers around the world: France (by VELAM), Spain, Great Britain and Brazil (by Romi).
The most successful, however, was the BMW Isetta. The Isetta was a financial success for BMW and the royalties paid to Iso allowed Renzo Rivolta to move on to developing GT cars and the income from the Isetta was important for BMW as well.
1955 Iso Isetta
RM Auctions says:
* A rare, late Italian, Iso-built Isetta before BMW acquisition, with original interior
* Partial restoration, with new red paint nicely complementing a preserved original interior, badges, and trim
* The distinctive engine cover, headlamps, and flush-fitting door handle all distinguish it from the later (and more numerous) BMW Isetta
* A rare early example, it is the Isetta as Raggi and Preti intended it
Manufacturer: Iso SpA.
Origin: Milan, Italy
Motor: Iso 2-stroke
Displacement: 236 cc
Power: 9.5 hp
Length: 7 ft. 6 in.
Identification No. IMI651461
The estimate is $30,000-$40,000 US and this Iso Isetta is for sale here.
I like this Iso Isetta because they are so rare compared to the BMW Isetta. Iso produced less than 1,500 Isettas and BMW produced close to 200,000 Isettas. That is why it is common in the US to see a BMW Isetta at most major auctions and many car shows. The Iso Isetta is another matter – they are rarely seen in the US.
The Iso Isetta was Isos first car and led to all of the great Iso GTs. The Iso Isetta is not fast but has an important place in automotive history and I like it.
Let us know what you think about this classic Iso Isetta in the Comments.
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