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BMW Isetta

BMW Isetta in Goodwood Revival Meeting, Documentary, 2006

Class: Others, Microcar — Model origin: IT — Built in: DE

BMW Isetta

[*] Background vehicle

Comments about this vehicle


stronghold EN

2010-01-12 13:48


RAC vehicle apparently?

Sunbar UK

2010-01-12 14:22




"It is known that the RAC had at least one Isetta van in use in 1959, which they were testing with a view to adopting as replacements for their motor cycle patrol vehicles. Evidently the replacement was not a success, as the Isetta was quietly dropped in favour of the A35 and minivans."

Semaphore signal arms confirm it I believe...

"There was one unusual feature on the RAC van, which are believed to have been German built vehicles, and this was the additional direction indicators fitted to the sides of the van body. These indicators were of the old fashioned 'semaphore' variety. "

305CUP as here listed as "BMW1setta" ?? on DVLA...


The vehicle details for 305 CUP are:

Date of Liability 01 05 2010
Date of First Registration 25 03 1959
Year of Manufacture Not Available
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 295CC
Vehicle Colour RED

Currently red for some reason (no longer RAC?)

-- Last edit: 2010-01-12 16:06:58

Heinkelgirl US

2010-01-12 20:48



DynaMike NL

2010-01-12 20:57


Still, is it indeed a German built vehicle (as stated in one of the above links)? Then it's a BMW Isetta. But one would expect a British built version in use by the RAC, and indeed the big bumper is like some of these: /vehicles.php?make=isetta&model=

ingo DE

2010-01-13 00:57


And the BMW-badge is missing.

Sunbar UK

2010-01-13 11:04


From the picture here it appears almost certainly to be left hand drive so German rather than UK assembled I think.

The bumper modification and badge removal are quite possible to make them look more like the British versions for the RAC evaluation.


Also Isetta owners club GB website's comment plus the DVLA listing (although mistakes and wrong listings are fairly common)mentioning 'BMW' seals it for me, it's a BMW Isetta.

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