If you’ve ever wanted a car that can pop wheelies while you’re sitting on those wheels, today’s one Good price or no dice Isetta is for you. Let’s see if this wild custom mic is as dangerous to your wallet as it probably is to you.
If you’re a fan of the seemingly endless supply of superfluous Spiderman reboots, then you are surely aware that the supporting character Aunt May is getting younger with each iteration. If they continue this practice, filmmakers will no doubt be casting a toddler for the role in a few years.
An old aunt or stereotypical retired grandparent was the likely target for them 2005 Buick LeSabre we thought about it yesterday. Now, with nearly 20 years under its high-waisted belt and just 100,000 miles on the clock, the big Buick has a slightly broader appeal. And at $6,400, so is the price. That earned the stately sedan a solid 65 percent Nice Price profit.
Well, if you have a grandparent – or family member for that matter – who shows up in something crazy like that VW-powered 1956 BMW Isetta, then you have a pretty cool family. Or maybe one that’s a little teched.
Speaking of crazy, the Isetta’s story itself is a little wild. The bubble car was one of many small, inexpensive cars that would put Europe back on the road after World War II. The first model, with its iconic front door and closely spaced rear wheels, was designed by Italian industrial company Iso SpA, owned by Renzo Rivolta. Yes, this is the same Rivolta that was behind the eponymous Iso Rivolta and Grifo sports and GT cars, and in fact Isetta literally means ‘little Iso’ in Italian. Oddly enough, this little Iso was so successful that the company licensed the design to other companies outside of Italy, including Germany’s BMW.
The Germans significantly revised the Isetta, changing the headlight positioning and replacing the original version’s two-stroke scooter engine with a 247cc four-stroke single with 12 hp. This was later increased to 298CCS and 13 horses as German cut-throat taxes became looser.
This quadruples the cylinder count, but keeps it in the country as it’s mated to a Volkswagen flat-four and associated four-speed manual gearbox. Ignore Facebook Marketplace’s claim that it’s an automatic. This is an obvious trick.
The engine appears to have dual port heads, but it appears the builder was content to run with just a single carburetor. More in keeping with the car’s zany aesthetic, the engine features a Stinger exhaust with what looks like a glass pack for a muffler, and arguably the most precarious oil filter placement of any car on the planet.
Of course, the powertrain change required a widening of the rear axle and wheel positions. To do this, it was necessary to create some half-torches, which also serve as attachment points for the thin taillights. A snazzy fabric sunroof and cheerful Kermit Frog paint job give the Isetta a fun look, as does the front-opening door and fold-away steering column.
Then it’s too bad that the seller warns that the car is a death trap. According to the ad, the gas pedal is “super sensitive” and the seller warns that the car “will do wheelies on command.”
That’s not necessarily a bad thing if you’re into rides. The question, of course, is who is this custom car for other than the builder? You would then have to ask if someone would pay the seller’s $14,500 for the privilege of taking possession of it? Before you head down that rabbit hole, it’s worth noting that the ad doesn’t mention the car’s title, nor is it shown with any number plates — or even a place to mount them. That’s just another unfathomable aspect of the car.
With that in mind, what do you think of this wild bubble car? and be $14,500 asking price? Does that seem like a fair price to fall into this Isetta’s trap? Or is that price even crazier than the car?
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