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The Isetta is an Italian-designed microcar built under licence in a number of different countries, including Spain, Belgium, France, Brazil, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Produced in the post-World War II years, a time when cheap short-distance transportation was most needed, it became one of the most successful and influential city cars ever created. Because of its egg shape and bubble-like windows, it became known as a bubble car, a name later given to other similar vehicles.
The car originated with the Italian firm of Iso SpA. In the early 1950s the company was building refrigerators, motor scooters and small three-wheeled trucks. Iso’s owner, Renzo Rivolta, decided he would like to build a small car for mass distribution. By 1952 the engineers Ermenegildo Preti and Pierluigi Raggi had designed a small car that used the scooter engine and named it Isetta—an Italian diminutive meaning little ISO.

BMW made the Isetta its own. They redesigned the powerplant around a BMW one-cylinder, four-stroke, 247 cc motorcycle engine which generated 10 kW (13 hp). Although the major elements of the Italian design remained intact, BMW re-engineered much of the car, so much so that none of the parts between a BMW Isetta Moto Coupe and an Iso Isetta are interchangeable. The first BMW Isetta appeared in April 1955.
In 1957, Isetta of Great Britain began producing Isetta 300 models at their factory in the former Brighton railway works under licence from BMW. The factory had no access by road, with components being delivered by rail, and finished cars being shipped out the same way.

In May 1962, BMW ceased production of Isettas. A total of 161,728 units had been built and there is one of them in my garage and it’s red!

Am I the only Red Bubbler to drive a Red Bubble?
This Big Boys Toy, 12th scale model is by Premium ClassiXXs, the photograph of it is mine. FUJI HS10

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Comments

  • Colleen2012
    Colleen2012over 2 years ago

    Super cool Yampi. FAVED for sure.
    Love this one.
    Love Colleen2012

  • Thanks Colleen, I’m glad you like my little car, I must post some images of the real one.

    – Yampimon

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumover 2 years ago

    Congratulations, 04/07/2012…Shirley

  • Thank you Shirley

    – Yampimon

  • MaryinMaine
    MaryinMaineover 2 years ago

    Wild, Weird, Wacky (on wheels)

  • Thank you very much Mary

    – Yampimon

  • Qnita
    Qnitaabout 1 year ago

    Congratulations with your latest win of this lovely work! You are entitled to enter it in the Prima Challenge #019.
    PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY TO THE CHALLENGE AS WELL AS TO THE GROUP.

  • Thank you

    – Yampimon

  • BaVincio
    BaVincioabout 1 year ago


    Congratulations on winning the challenge with your wonderful image!!

  • Thank you very much

    – Yampimon

  • WildestArt
    WildestArtabout 1 year ago

    COOL!…. In the US I never saw one! Maybe we need these back again, although I would hate to wreck one. But it needs a new door configuration….

  • Thank you, The US is the place to sell one at the moment, a fully restored one will currently sell for around $30,000 The top price paid for a rare version is $111162 (including commision)

    – Yampimon

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrenton8 months ago

    July 10,2014 Congratulations on making the Top Ten!

  • Thank you very much Ann

    – Yampimon

  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...2 months ago

    great fun! great info!

    29-Dec-2014
    3 way tie for 4th place out of 12 entries
    Your Favorite Christmas/Holiday Gift Challenge

  • Thank you very much Jane

    – Yampimon

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