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Old 26th March 2008, 12:07   #1
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Cool Spotted the smallest BMW, ever! - The BMW Isetta

I've seen this tiny car with a BMW badge on it, last week in Germany.... It is tinier than a Smart, a Reva and a Fiat 126!
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Another sticker job?
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Default BMW Isetta

This isn't a sticker job. This is the BMW Isetta, was introduced in April of 1955. BMW used a one-cylinder, four-stroke, 247 cc motorcycle engine to give the Isetta all of 13hp. It got the nickname rolling egg, has a 4-speed tranny and top-speed is 53mph and averages 63mpg. The cost of the Isetta in 1958 was US$ 1093.

The design was from Italy originally and manufacturers in other countries caught, the most popular being this BMW version. Thus came the microcars.

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no i think this is for real have seen it on top gear ages ago there is one in india too same color
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papa like...

can papa have? "pleeeease" i promise to be good!!
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It is indeed a BMW. Should be part of the classic cars by now. Have seen similar one in a Tokyo vintage car museum. it is called some kind of calm shell model. The beauty of this car is, the entree is from the front. The entire front opens along with the steering. Never managed to get into it so, no idea how it worked.
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There are two of these in India, one in Delhi & another in Mumbai that I know of. Pictures can be found here:
https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/vinta...red-india.html
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There are two of these in India, one in Delhi & another in Mumbai that I know of. Pictures can be found here:
https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/vinta...red-india.html
Actually theres one in Goa being restored as well. I think pics were on the forum I cant find them at the moment.
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have seen it on top gear ages ago
and it probably was one of his most sedate test drives on screen. Imagine JC trying some tricks on this car.

Cute lil thing though. Would solve our traffic problem greatly.

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http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/intern...ck-isetta.html (BMW may bring back Isetta)
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This small BMW was showcased in some auto show on TV as well.
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Anybody notice the ingenious positioning of the steering wheel ?
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Actually theres one in Goa being restored as well. I think pics were on the forum I cant find them at the moment.

Here it is getting restored:
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BMW has recently announced plans for a new city vehicle which will be developed under the Project i tag, and which could eventually be launched under a new sub-brand. BMW says that Project i will be brought to market in the first half of the next decade.

Read it here:
Global Insight // Same-Day Analysis
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BMW Isetta... Hmm nice to know....! Thanks guys.
BTW, I have another picture of a tiny car, as mentioned in the very first post of this thread, and it is the Fiat 126. That too spotted in Germany.

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Ain't that tiny! (Compare the size of the steering wheel with the whole car)
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