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BMW ISETTA BUBBLE-WINDOW CONVERTIBLE

BMW ISETTA BUBBLE-WINDOW CONVERTIBLE

Palm Springs, CA

Between 1955 and 1962, BMW produced some 160,000 Isetta models (the name means "Little ISO", having to do with its Italian origins). Only 32 of the bubble-window convertible models were built, with perhaps just 4 in existence in the US, including the one shown in these photos taken at the inaugural Desert Classic. Powered by a .3 Liter single-cylinder air-cooled engine, a modified version of a BMW 250cc four-stroke motorcycle engine, the Isetta has a four-speed transmission and a chain drive to the rear wheels (which are placed so closely together they appear to many people as just one wheel). The owner of this car, the same fellow from Upland, California, who brought the Goggomobil Dart to the Concours, told us that he has been offered $100,000 for this Isetta. He may seem a glutton for punishment to some, but he has great automotive restoration skills.

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