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BMW 600 Saloon- 1958


In 1957, BMW brought out a 4-seater development of the Isetta. The 600 (named for its engine size), has two doors: the swing-up front door as on the Isetta, and a door on the right side for passengers. While it may be laughingly referred to as an “Isetta limousine,” the 600 took several steps to becoming a real car. The narrow rear track was widened to two inches narrower than its front. Eight inches were added to the wheel base to allow a back seat. Wheels were still 10 inches in diameter, but at 3½ inches wide, they are half an inch wider than the Isetta wheel. The front suspension remained the leading-arm with coil-spring design, though it was beefed up for the 600. Approximately 3,500 600s came to the U.S. To meet U.S. safety requirements, modifications were made to the bumper




Manufacturer: Bayerische Motoren Werke AG
Country of Origin: Germany
Drivetrain Configuration: Rear-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine: 582cc, 20bhp
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Top Speed: 62mph
Years of Production: 1957-1959
Number Produced: 34,318
Original Cost: $1,398