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1962 Isetta 300

1962 Isetta 300 in The Other South Bank, Documentary, 2008 IMDB

Class: Others, Microcar — Model origin: IT — Built in: UK — Made for: GB

1962 Isetta 300

Position 00:07:47 [*] Background vehicle

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dsl SX

2013-09-19 01:08

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Nothing on check sites, but early 62 plate.

rjluna2 US

2013-09-19 02:15

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UK version of Isetta? :think:

chris40 UK

2013-09-19 08:20

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Yes, marketed as BMW Isetta 300.

From Wikipedia: BMW Isetta (United Kingdom)
With space for two and their luggage, the Isetta was perfect for the UK's urban and rural roads. The first motorway, the M1, did not open until 1959, and more conventional cars such as early models of the Morris Minor could barely top 97 km/h (60 mph).

At one point, the British National Health Service started providing these vehicles for wheelchair users so they could drive while in their wheelchairs. Although noble in intent and many of these cars were made available free, the project was not deemed successful and was terminated.

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.

The British cars had right-hand drive with the door hinged from the right hand side of the car and the steering column moved across to the right as well. Right-hand drive meant that the driver AND the engine were on the same side, so a 27 kg (60 lb) counterweight was added to the left side to compensate. Dunlop tyres were used, and Lucas electrics replaced the German Hella and Bosch components, with a different headlamp housing being used. Girling brake components replaced the ATE brake parts.

The Isetta was not popular in the UK until a three-wheeled version was introduced, and although three-wheelers were more prone to rolling-over, there was a financial advantage: they could evade automobile legislation and taxation by being classed as three-wheeled motorcycles, and could be driven with a motorcycle licence. Isetta of Great Britain continued to produce four-wheeled Isettas, but only for export to Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.

In 1962, Isetta of Great Britain also stopped production of the little cars but continued to produce Isetta engines until 1964.


-- Last edit: 2013-09-19 08:25:13

130rapid PL

2013-09-19 10:32

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Interesting, this one hasn't BMW logo. :think:

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