Thursday, January 26, 2012

Isetta- bmw microcar

1955 Iso Isetta With sales of his refrigerators (Isothermos) declining, Renzo Rivolta turned to making scooters in three versions: the Isoscooter, Isomoto and 3-wheeled Isocarro (no relation to the later truck).
Competition from Vespa and Lambretta forced a change of plans, however. He gave M. Gobini carte-blanche to design a totally original vehicle. A cute, round shape, with side by side seating, it was a sensation at the 1953 Turin auto show. Licenses were quickly sold to Belgium, France, Spain, Brazil and Germany. Major differences to the familiar later BMW bubble window were the engine cover with vertical slots, headlamps positioned low on the front fenders (with parking lamps on top), flush fitting door handle, Dubonnet suspension, and two-stroke twin piston engine providing a distinctive sound. Manufactured by ISO Italy

Model: IsettaMotor: Iso, 2-strokeBody: Steel
Years Built: December 1953 - 1958No. Cylinders: 1 (Double Piston)Chassis: Tube
No. Produced: 6,000Displacement: 236 ccSuspension Front: Dubonnet
No. Surviving: 10Horsepower: 9.5Suspension Rear: Leaf Spring
Length: 7' 6"Gearbox: 4 + rev.Steering: Worm
Width: 4' 10"Starter: DynastartBrakes: Hydraulic
Weight: 6.75 cwtElectrics: 12 v4 Wheels:
4.50-4.80 x 10"
Interior: BenchIgnition: CoilTop Speed: 45 mph


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