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1958 BMW 600

Limousine is exactly the way BMW characterized its Isetta 600 with its bigger (twice as large in both displacement and cylinders as the original Isetta 300) engine, extended chassis and right side door for the rear seat passengers. Power came from a bored-out BMW R50 motorcycle engine rated 19.5hp (26hp in the more liberal SAE test criteria.) The model's popularity was aided by a modest price of only $1,398 landed in the U.S. and BMW built something like 34,000 of them in the three years it was in production. Its appearance amply justified its nickname, "das rollende Ei", the rolling egg, but its economy and practicality and its imaginative packaging with a single opening front door that carries with it the universal-jointed steering column and wheel have endeared the BMW Isetta in both 2- and 4-seat versions to generations. The 600 Limousine is more practical, with sufficient power to propel it over 60mph, wider rear track that improves its stability and room enough for four (close) friends to enjoy the experience. This charming example is finished in Medium Blue with an Ivory roof and grey vinyl/cloth interior. It has benefited from a very nice restoration, runs well on radial tires and needs absolutely nothing to be driven, shown or displayed with pride. There are few vehicles which will bring more enjoyment than a BMW Isetta and it is indisputable that the Isetta kept BMW going during the Fifties, the improbable basis of today's "Ultimate Driving Machines," the company that has become the world's largest manufacturer of luxury automobiles.


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