Originally manufactured under the Italian company, Iso SpA, the Isetta became the top-selling single-cylinder car in the world with 161,728 units sold. The allure of this strange, egg-shaped, microcar was its gas-mileage of 78 mpg – which is very impressive, even for today’s standards. Although the efficiency was great, it was the Isetta’s bizarre design that secured it a spot in the automotive history books.
After BMW bought the license to build the Isetta they made it their own. They redesigned the powertrain around a BMW one-cylinder, four-stroke, 247 cc motorcycle engine which generated 13 hp. For the lightweight Isetta, that was enough.
This particular model is one of the finest in existence with 12 original miles.