Flatbed BMW Isetta "Truck" Is Unbelievably Cool

While the reasons not to turn a compact BMW into a flatbed truck are many, we're glad someone decided to disregard them and create this awesome one of a kind Isetta. » 5/06/12 5:00pm 5/06/12 5:00pm

Mitsubishi Is One Door Away From Making A Modern Isetta

I'm not livesketching the 2012 New York show show, but I did want to take a moment to sketch something that struck me as very important. Perhaps unwittingly, the Mitsubishi i-MEV Sport Air concept car really, really reminds me of a modernized Isetta. It even has a huge glass front end that would make a perfect door.… » 4/05/12 12:30pm 4/05/12 12:30pm

Don't Miss The Chance To Fill Your Yard With BMW Isettas

Although nicely restored examples of BMW's contribution to the microcar era can command serious prices the cost of filling at least part of your yard with this assortment of Isetta shells and parts currently listed on Ebay is surprisingly affordable—at least initially. » 3/03/12 12:30pm 3/03/12 12:30pm

Super Grandma Travels by Isetta

What would you do if your 91-year-old grandmother had the blues? French photographer Sacha Goldberge talked his into taking a series of outrageous pictures such as this one, and it worked. (Hat Tip to SuperCharger.Heaven!) [My Modern Met] » 11/20/10 1:00pm 11/20/10 1:00pm

These Flying Cars Don't Fly, They Whoosh!

With the recent reveal of the production-ready Terrafugia flying car, we thought it an appropriate time to take a quick look at propeller-driven automobiles. Not the kind that fly. The kind that drive. Hello, propcar! Run, pedestrians, run! » 7/27/10 1:25pm 7/27/10 1:25pm

The Weirdly Awesome Microcars of Hungary

Denied the right to make cars by the Soviet Union, enthusiasts and engineers in Hungary made several ingenious attempts to produce their own microcar. Auto historian Pál Négyesi tells us the story of these little wonders. » 6/24/10 3:45pm 6/24/10 3:45pm

BMW To Resurrect Isetta Nameplate?

There's an unconfirmed rumor popping up claiming BMW's previously announced city car program dubbed "Project i," will result in a resurrected and tediously named i-Setta to compete against the Smart ForTwo. Just keep van Hooydonk away from it. [Bimmerfile] » 8/05/09 9:30am 8/05/09 9:30am

1958 BMW Isetta Convertible for an Eggcellent $39,650!

The old maxim admonishes you not to keep all your eggs in one basket. Today, Nice Price or Crack Pipe wants to know if that's still true if your basket happens to be an egg? » 8/04/09 7:00am 8/04/09 7:00am

What's Your Favorite Door Configuration?

While most people consider automotive design in terms of what we look like getting from A-to-B, there's an entire (gull)wing of design devoted to how we get into and out of the things that get us from A-to-B. There's been a fascinating renaissance in the style of doors, as one can see in the 2009 Honda Element » 10/30/08 11:30am 10/30/08 11:30am, which…

BMW City Car Confirmed, 0-Series Or Return Of The Isetta?

In an interview with a German newspaper, BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer has confirmed that a small city car is being developed to cope with future European and American regulations for fuel economy and pollution. But we're talking about more than just an electric Mini » 9/12/08 5:00pm 9/12/08 5:00pm here. This will be an entirely new vehicle which will…

Over the Back Fence: BMW to Build New Isetta Minicar?

We're pretty sure there won't be a Hayabusa mill to perform miracles of speed. But the latest from the UK rumor mill is BMW's bringing back the Isetta, the popular econo-egg from the 1950s — created by Italy's Iso and popularized by BMW — that grabbed a generation of cosmopolitan Europeans by the lapels and screamed … » 11/28/07 8:00am 11/28/07 8:00am

Project Car Hell, BMW Edition: Isetta or Grab Bag?

Our readership hath decreed that the as-yet-unidentified Jalop writer who just bought a '64 Continental shall rip out the MEL 462 and swap in a turbocharged 460 in its stead, with that option taking a whopping 41% of the total votes. We're disappointed that the Lord Humungus Apocalypto-Mobile option fared so poorly,… » 10/01/07 5:30pm 10/01/07 5:30pm

Heavens! An Isetta Watch!

Released by BMW to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the bubblecar that saved its bacon, porkchops and head cheese after the Second World War, this Isetta watch is rather neat, but we think we'd feel rather pretentious wearing it unless we could score a Hayabusa watch for the other wrist. Of course, then we'd look… » 7/19/07 9:00pm 7/19/07 9:00pm

Isetta in Drag: The Whatta Drag

As its name attests, the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum is the venue for all manner of microcar, from the Grataloup to the Vespa 400 and right up to the towering Isetta. In fact, funny story. There was this Hot Wheels car called the Whatta Drag. It was part Isetta, part drag bike and all the kind of Hot Wheels car that… » 2/20/07 11:00am 2/20/07 11:00am

Schadenfriday: And you thought we forgot!

Our Schadenfridays are really turning into Zen-type moments of, uh, Zen. We can't help it. Mamma Jalopnik said if we have nothing nice to say, say nothing. What is the sound of one post-punk auto-blogger blogging? » 1/12/07 7:41pm 1/12/07 7:41pm

Know Thy Germans: BMW 700

Quick; name a post-war, air-cooled, rear-engined BMW without the twin-kidney grill. Most pistonheads would answer, "Isetta." And they wouldn't be wrong. However, true Deutschaphiles will shout, "700!" And they couldn't be more right. After the tragic failures (from a sales standpoint) of the upscale 502, 503 and 507… » 12/22/06 4:30pm 12/22/06 4:30pm

Know Thy Germans: The BMW 502

When people think of post-war BMWs, the first car that comes to mind is the funktastic three/four-wheeled Isetta. But the 502, known as the "Baroque Angel," came first. Available as a sedan, a coupe and a cabriolet, we're more smitten with the 4-door. Not only is the best looking of the trio, but, well, suicide doors » 12/17/06 3:00am 12/17/06 3:00am

Isettamino! eBay! Belgium? D'oh

There really isn't much we need to say about this. Either you get it or you don't. If you don't get it, please un-RSS us right now. The rest of you, well, feel free to salivate. Even better, bid. Even better than that, bid to the death and have Hayabusa motor at the ready. [Thanks to John for the tip.] » 12/04/06 9:30pm 12/04/06 9:30pm

The Best BMWs Ever

Simply put, these two cars (the second is featured after the jump) are the two coolest cars that the Bavarian Motor Works ever pumped out. Ironically, the car above featured a design by Giugiaro and an Italian-built chassis commissioned by BMW, while the car after the jump was designed by an Italian firm and licensed… » 8/22/06 11:30pm 8/22/06 11:30pm