BMW / Iso Isetta Bubble Car
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 4
There are some strange chapters in the history of any great car manufacturer, and one of the worlds greatest marques, BMW, has two that come readily to mind.
The first is EMW (Eisenacher Motoren-Werke), the East Germany company that continued to build cars after World War 2 from a former BMW
plant (they were originally also trading as BMW but were forced to change their name to EMW following legal action). The second was BMW's liscencing of the Iso Isetta "Bubble Car" in 1955
Looking more like a novelty than a real car by today's standards, the vehicle was in fact way ahead of it's time and proved to be very popular in Germany, taking on rivals Heinkel and Messerschmitt.
Even today, with the advent of the Mercedes Smart car, manufacturers realise the importance of having a small economical city car available.
With folding roof and wrap around rear window, the driver and passenger entered via a front hinged door that also lifted the steering
wheel when opened. Built with 4 wheels for the local market, some 3 wheel versions were manufactured for the export market.
Powered by BMW's 247cc or 297cc single cylinder motor, the vehicle had a top speed over 50 mph and was the forebear to such vehicles as the BMW 600 and 700.