Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
You know why you love a bubble car like this 1957 BMW Isetta. What was once a vehicle that got a country back on wheels is now an icon of fun things arriving in small packages. So to maximize your smiles, you want a complete and ready-to-run version like this one.
The Isetta is an interesting part of a legendary history. After all, the premium driver-focused BMWs of today are not exactly reflected in this economy car. But what we do see is that BMW's superior quality was able to take Iso's design and make a sturdy car that helped get Germany back in the automotive market after WWII. That's the true beauty of BMW's engineering, and later in life. Today it strikes the right balance of a utilitarian driver's car while also continuing to have a good shine. Plus, it might seem funny that such a minimalist car could have room for three-piece chrome bumpers front and rear, but it adds a touch of style to the simpler life. So there is quite a lot of appeal in such a clean, straight, and complete small package that this one represents.
Everything was about a car like this was geared to serve as much purpose as possible, and today it's fun to showcase the clever design pieces in the details. So don't be surprised when everyone loves to see the whole front end open up with the single door and swing-out steering wheel. While this is an early model Isetta, it is late enough for the sliding side windows, which means plenty of welcomed added ventilation. Plus, the fabric sunroof was standard, that way there was a second exit if needed.
The power from this city car is part of its allure when new. While the original Iso came with a smoky two-stroke motor, BMW installed a 298cc version of their powerful and reliable four-stroke motorcycle engine. Today that numbers-matching motor is still part of this little piece of history. the way it fires up and runs is another reminder that this little car has received the right care. It's mated to a useful four-speed manual transmission. You're still not going to win any drag races, but there's a lot of fun and versatility in being able to reach down a gear for added pep.
This Isetta is for the bubble car lover who also loves to have a fun Sunday drive. It may be a small package, but you'll be amazed at the big attention it commands. Call today!!!
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