Lot 5012
Rare 1957 BMW Isetta Cabriolet
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VIN: 502608 Mileage: 19,500 showing

With a single cylinder 297cc air-cooled engine, and a four speed manual transmission. Silver painted 10" wheels with polished BMW wheel covers and 5.20-10 Nankang tires. Braking is accomplished by hydraulic drums in the front, and a single drum on the right rear wheel.

In a red and white repaint on the exterior, and a new matching interior. It also features a retractable white top, as well as a folding rear top in white vinyl. The side windows slide to the rear. It has aftermarket overriders in the front and the rear, and a luggage rack fitted with a fully stocked wicker picnic basket. The front windshield appears to be a replacement. The shifter and other controls are mounted on the left of the driver. It has windshield wipers, and running lights as well as headlights and turn signals. A 60mph VDO speedometer is the only gauge, and a small heater supplies warm air to the floor, or the the defrost unit to the left of the windshield.

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From the Private Collection of a Gentleman, Durham, North Carolina.

It is estimated that only 300 of the cabriolets were produced in total, and less than 20 imported to the US.

In wonderful condition, with an apparent restoration at some point. The chassis and engine are painted black and appear to be healthy and in good working order. The car runs and drives as expected.

The following condition report, while thorough, is not exhaustive as vintage cars have inherent wear and imperfections. We welcome personal inspections.

The original aluminum kidney grilles on the front are slightly deformed, but functional;