My Car Quest

July 16, 2019

If You Want A BMW Isetta Go To Florida In March

by Mike –

As I was scanning the collector cars coming up for auction in Florida in March I was struck by how many BMW Isettas are being offered. There are six by my count.

Gooding has three (at Amelia Island March 7), RM has one (at Amelia Island March 8) and Auctions America has two (in Ft. Lauderdale March 14-16).

Go to Florida if you want a BMW Isetta

BMW Isetta

The Gooding Isettas

1956 BMW Isetta 300Estimate: $35,000 – $45,000 Without Reserve

BMW Isetta

1959 BMW Isetta 300Estimate: $35,000 – $55,000 Without Reserve

BMW Isetta

1959 BMW 600Estimate: $35,000 – $45,000 Without Reserve

BMW Isetta

The RM Isetta

1958 BMW 600 – Estimate: $50,000 – $80,000 Without Reserve

BMW Isetta

The Auctions America Isettas

1956 BMW Isetta 300 “Bubble Window” (Z Molding) – Estimate: $ 40,000 – $ 50,000

BMW Isetta

1957 BMW Isetta 300 – Estimate: $ 32,000 – $ 38,000

BMW Isetta

I like the Isetta and I think most people do not know what an important place in history this little car holds. In addition to saving BMW it also started the small car movement which is back in vogue today. Renzo Rivolta, the former president and owner of Iso, was a visionary.

Go to St. Louis if you want an Iso Isetta

I prefer an Iso Isetta which are very rare in the US but there is one for sale in St. Louis. It is a version made in Spain but it still carries the Iso badge.

Hyman Ltd.

1958 Iso Isetta – the price is $39,500.

Iso Isetta

Iso Isetta

Let us know what you think about the Isetta in the Comments.

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Iso Isetta

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If You Want A BMW Isetta Go To Florida In March
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  1. Jeremiah R. says

    My wife has a `57 300 and it’s a hoot to drive. Completely terrifying over 50mph, but ideal for “golf cart” communities.

  2. Hi, Mike! Yes, the Isetta kept BMW on its feet and helped it to regain its manufacturing capacity after the devastation caused by WWII. After they were able to produce full sized cars again, Max Hoffman in NYC imported them and Porsches to the US, which helped them ramp up full sized car production, and also played a hand in saving both companies. One of the most interesting print ads of all time, is Cary Grant with a BMW Isetta, although I doubt he really drove one in real life.

    On an unrelated note, I just noticed last night some very interesting pictures of the Maserati Mistral coupe, and was wondering your opinion of it kind of being a miniature version of the Iso Grifo. Both cars seem to have very similar styling cues, with the Mistral being smaller in every way, including its straight six engine. Curious of your opinion on this.

    Glenn in the Bronx, NY

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