At $14,500, Is This Volkswagen-Powered 1956 BMW Isetta a Killer?

Nice Price or No Dice VW Driven 1956 BMW Isetta

If you’ve ever wanted a car that pops its wheels while you’re sitting on it, today’s Nice price or no dice Isetta is for you. Let’s see if this wild custom micro is as dangerous to your wallet as it is to your people.

If you like the seemingly endless amount of redundant Spider-Man reboots, Then you’ll no doubt realize that the supporting character, Aunt May, is getting younger and younger with each iteration. If they kept it that way, in a few years, the filmmakers would no doubt be playing a toddler in the role.

An old aunt or stereotypical retired grandparents are possible targets 2005 Buick LeSabre We thought about it yesterday. Now, with nearly 20 years under its high-waisted belt and just 100,000 miles driven, this big Buick has wider appeal. And, it’s priced at $6,400. That’s a 65 percent Nice Price win for the stately sedan.

Now, if you have a grandparent — or any family member — who shows up in such oddities VW Driven 1956 BMW Isetta, then you have a cool family. Or maybe a bit of a techie.

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Speaking of weirdness, the history of Isetta itself is a bit crazy.bubble car To be one of a series of small, cost-effective cars aimed at getting Europe back on the road after World War II. The first model with the iconic single front door and closely spaced rear wheels was designed by Iso SpA, an Italian industrial company owned by Renzo Rivolta. Yes, that’s the Rivolta standing behind the eponymous Iso Rivolta and Grifo sports cars and GT cars, in fact, Isetta literally means “little Iso” in Italian. Oddly enough, the little Iso was so successful that the company licensed the design to other companies outside of Italy, including Germany’s BMW.

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The Germans made major revisions to the Isetta, changed the headlight positioning, replaced the original two-stroke scooter engine with a 247cc four-stroke single stroke 12 hp. Later it rose to 298ccs and 13 horses became more lenient with the German displacement tax.

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This one quadruples the cylinder count, but keeps it domestic since it uses a VW four-cylinder engine and associated four-speed manual transmission. Ignore Facebook Marketplace’s claim that it’s automatic. This is an obvious trick.

The engine appears to have a dual port head, but it seems the manufacturer is content with just one carb. More in line with the car’s crazy aesthetics, the engine has a Stinger exhaust that looks like nothing more than a glass package for the muffler, and arguably the most volatile oil filter location of any car on the planet.

Naturally, the drivetrain replacement required widening the rear axle and wheel locations. This entails creating some semi-flares that also serve as mounting points for the thin taillights. The snappy fabric sunroof and cheerful Kermit the Frog paint job make the Isetta look fun, as do the front doors and the folding steering column.

that would be miserable The seller warned that the car was a death trap. According to the ad, the accelerator is “super sensitive,” and the seller warns the car will “do wheels on command.”

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If you like carnival rides, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The question, of course, is who is this custom car made for besides the manufacturer? Then you need to ask if anyone is willing to pay the seller’s $14,500 for the privilege of taking over it? Before you go down that rabbit hole, it should be noted that the ad doesn’t mention the car’s name, nor does it show any license plates — not even a place to install them. It’s just another aspect of the car that’s hard to understand.

With all this in mind, what do you think of this crazy bubble car and Asking $14,500? Falling into this Isetta’s trap seems like a fair price? Or, is the price crazier than the car?

You decide!

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