Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
You know why you love a bubble car like this 1958 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 quality restored and strong-running example like this one.
Today 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 it's showcased correctly on this restored Isetta. The Savannah Yellow paint looks great, and it helps highlight all the brightwork. It might seem funny that such a minimalist car could have room for a three-piece front chrome bumper, a wide rear one, plenty of trim, and intricate wheel covers, but it all added a touch of style to the simpler life. In fact, this one loves showcasing classic details, like the suitcase on the luggage rack and the classic whitewall tires.
Everyone loves to see the whole front end open up with the single door, especially with the attached swing-out steering wheel. Everything was about serving as much purpose as possible, which makes restoring the interior to this level a bit trickier than you might think. That's also why the ignition and speedometer are housed in the same bracket that supports the steering wheel. The yellow plaid fabric bench provides a very cool focal-point for the interior. The fabric sunroof was standard - a second exit if needed. This is a later model Isetta, so you also get sliding side windows, which means plenty of welcomed added ventilation.
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 hardy four-stroke motorcycle engine. Today that same matching numbers motor is in this little piece of history. Plus, the way it fires up and runs is another reminder that there have been the right investments in this Isetta. Mated to a 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 detail-oriented 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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