Frame-off restored Aug 2022, 4-speed Manual, Canvas Roof, custom interior
1957 BMW Isetta 300 - Frame-Off RESTORED, 298CC, 4-SPEED, CANVAS ROOF
• Frame OFF restoration, just completed August of 2022
• 298cc BMW 1-cylinder
• 4-speed manual transmission
• New Retractable canvas roof
• New 10-inch steel wheels & New white wall BF Goodrich tires
• Custom matching interior
In the collector car world, unique cars usually command big attention and serious money. If you're in the market for a fun classic that ALWAYS draws a crowd, but you don't have room in your collection for a large Caddillac or the like, this 1957 BMW Isetta 300 just might be what you have been looking for.
The recipient of a full frame-off restoration, this tidy BMW layers a combination of red and white 2-stage paint on the bulbous sheet metal, that before its massage, was very clean compared to some of these we see come in here. Over the years Custom Classics has restored many of these Isettas. With one more waiting in the wings awaiting its turn for a full restoration. We have many pictures of this one in various stages of the restoration process. Yes, this car was fully restored here in our facility where we specialize in classic car restorations. The restoration was just completed this past August of 2022. At the front of the car, a two-tone red and white door hangs correct BMW badging and a new chrome mirrored bumper between polished bumper guards, a polished handle, and a polished wiper. At the sides of that door, polished body panels lead the eye to chrome-trimmed headlights and bullet-style marker lamps, which found sliding side windscreens beneath a canvas roof. And at the back of that roof, a cute little luggage rack and small fuel cap and rear plate bracket. That's finished off with two taillights and a beautiful new chrome mirrored bumper. All chrome was either replaced or re-chromed, as you can see in our pictures. Yes, there is nothing left to do, other than take it out for a drive and enjoy all the smiles and head turns that this car brings with it.
When the original BMW Isetta hit the scene, it featured a 236cc, 12-horsepower motorcycle engine. But, thanks to regulations adjustments, 1956 saw the introduction of the 300 model and its 298cc, 13 horsepower engine. Interestingly, that micro engine spins torque to a tough little 4-speed transmission that's ready to hit the pavement running. There's a quartet of drum brakes, which have no problem bringing this lightweight rig to a fast stop. And power meets the pavement through stainless-capped steelies, on 10inch steel wheels and a new set of wide white walls tires, BF Goodrich Silvertown's size 4-80-10.
Simplicity has always been a main selling point of the Isetta, even in the realm of classics. And you can't get much more fun and basic than this coupe's clean cockpit. An upright bench features an appealing custom two-tone red and white vinyl. In front of that seat, a small mirror reflects a simple speedometer. To the left of that speedo, a pristine inner fender props a small shifter behind sparse climate control. And in front of the driver, a color-keyed steering wheel laps the foot pedals below.
Vintage European metal has aged with more grace than most, wearing designs that are still capable of turning heads in their basic factory form. And since they're pretty scarce in many parts of the world, polished bubble cars get snapped up almost as quickly as they hit the market. These cars are a blast to drive and will always draw quite the crowd. Are you ready to cruise in something truly unique? Give us a call or fill out a contact form here to secure this one before it undoubtedly gets snatched up soon!