Please note that the cars shown in this database are part of our collection but may not be on display when you visit.
We are only able to display approximately 150 cars at a time yet have over 400 cars in our collection (only a sample is represented on this site at this time). Thank you!
Driven by the need for post-WWII affordable transportation and restrictions placed by post-war agreements, in 1955 BMW decided to supplement slow sales of their larger models with an inexpensive car. BMW acquired the license from the Italian refrigerator manufacturer ISO company to make this “bubble car”–the Isetta. Minor changes were made to the styling in the 300 model, and the Isetta 250 engine was replaced with one from a BMW r27 motorcycle. Even though the Isetta has 10" tires, weighs less than 800 pounds, and goes from 0 to 30 in 11 seconds, mechanically it is a very reliable car. You will notice this car has one door; it seats two passengers. Many Isettas survive to this day.