1-Door Coupe: ’58 Isetta 300
Renzo Rivolta, the Iso refrigerator magnate, created a curious four-wheeled Isetta powered by a two-stroke two-cylinder engine. It was a bit odd, with a front-opening door and a steering wheel that hinged to it. Renzo went on to build some amazing super cars with doors in the usual places. BMW was looking for an economical car to help them out of a financial jam so they called up Renzo and made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. When BMW got their hands on it, in went a 250-cc BMW motorcycle engine. It was a great success. BMW licensed production of the Isetta to a number of countries and the financial calamity was averted. By the way, all Isettas had sunroofs or more appropriately, escape hatches, in case of a frontal collision. Cute cars have a way of exceeding expectations at auctions and there are none cuter than a well presented Isetta in any of it forms. Okay, so a FIAT Multipla or a Cinquecento are cute too and they do as well at auction. Isettas ran the Mille Miglia and other races back in the day so they are unlikely candidates for inclusion at historic rallies and events. So maybe you should add one of these darlings to your collection? Now we liked this one sent in to us by Stan S. because it is an untouched original. Not a perfect museum piece by any measure but a solid, honest place to start. It is said to run well with a video supporting that claim on the eBay listing.
It has almost everything it was born with except a luggage rack and jack handle. That should be easy to source. Hagerty has #1 cars nearing $40 large but we are sure those are something special in some great Easter Egg color. Click on the icon for a report. And visit the eBay listing by clicking here.