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1958 BMW Isetta 600 Limo $42,500
The BMW factory since the 1930's has catered mostly to the wealthy car buyers around the World. Yes they have had some lower line models like the 315, an affordable Sports Car, but not until the mid-50's did they take on a whole new generation of Micro cars, called the Isetta 600, designed for it's small package & to carry a small family from point A to point B while getting 60 MPG. Public response to the little Isetta was gratifying to BMW, but as its shortcomings were also pointed out at this time ("too small"), it was decided to go "up a class" and produce a larger car with room for four. Management by May 1956 had already committed to the introduction of the BMW 700, a totally new design, by 1959, so the 600 was seen as an easily produced interim model using already existing Isetta production equipment. The 1956 prototype did indeed look like a stretched Isetta, with its stock 2-tone front door and Isetta bumpers, but with the wheelbase lengthened by 165cm and R67 boxer motor driving full-width axles. August 1957 saw the proper introduction of the model, to universal acclaim. Stylish looks (Michelotti had been involved) with its new "knife edge" bumpers, fantastic room inside with rear seat access by a side door, and the motor no longer sat in the passenger compartment. It was quiet, its wheel at each corner design gave a great ride, and there was sufficient power for hill-climbing. It was even available with a Saxomat automatic transmission. It was pricey, however, at 200 Marks more than a VW Beetle. This example has been rerstored to such a high level not usually associated w/these silly Isetta's. It's 2 tone finish of Pepper White over Hot Orange metallic complimented it's pretty Tan interior. Quite outstanding w/all new rubber trim & detailed like you never see on these in general. 582cc/26hp, 2-cylinder engine with a 4-speed transmission, ultra rare BMW Isetta 600 limousine body style. Only produced for 2 1/2 years. Weighs a mere 1236 lbs. Max cruising speed is 62 MPH and averages 40-50 miles per gallon. Runs and drives as new. No expense spared. Test miles only since restoration. Original owner's manual included to explain operation of this seldom seen BMW 600 Microcar. Shop manual and other BMW 600 literature included. She runs great & shifts quite well. Quite the car to take to any car event & show it or use it for transportation around any concours or large outdoor event. This is one of the best one in the world !