1957 BMW Isetta Coupe / 500153 Vehicle Information

1957 BMW Isetta photograph

1957 BMW Isetta photograph

1957 BMW Isetta1957 BMW Isetta
Sold for $28,600 at 2007 Gooding & Company.
Sold for $29,120 at 2020 Bonhams : Quail Motorcar Auction.
This BMW Isetta 300 sat in Carmel Valley for a number of years as passers-by assumed it was a broken golf car. In the 1990s, a BMW enthusiast and mechanic purchased the car and treated it to a nut-and-bolt restoration. The result was a period-correct vehicle finished in a two-tone paint scheme of red-an-white enamel. It has the original glass, and a full Palomino leather interior. The car includes a sunroof, correct sliding windows, luggage rack, parking brake, and heater/defroster.

The car has a reported top-speed of 75 mph and is one of approximately 1,000 surviving examples in the US. The single-cylinder 298 cc engine produces 13 horsepower and is mated to a four-speed manual transmission with reverse. The total weight of this 60 mile-per-gallon vehicle is 770 lbs.

In 2007 it was brought to the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, CA where it was offered without reserve and estimated to sell for $25,000 - $30,000. Those estimates proved accurate as the lot was sold for $28,600 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2008


2020 Bonhams : Quail Motorcar Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $20,000-USD $30,000 
Sale Price :
USD $29,120

2007 Gooding & Company

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $25,000-USD $30,000 
Sale Price :
USD $28,600

1957 BMW Isetta Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1957 sales)
1957 BMW Isetta 300
Chassis#: 509090
Sold for USD$34,720
  2020 RM Sothebys : The Elkhart Collection
1957 BMW Isetta image  1957 BMW Isetta image  
1957 BMW Isetta 300
Sold for USD$28,600
  2020 Mecum : Kissimmee Summer Special
 
1957 BMW ISETTA 300
Chassis#: 500153
Sold for USD$29,120
  2020 Bonhams : Quail Motorcar Auction
1957 BMW Isetta image  1957 BMW Isetta image  
1957 BMW Isetta 300
Sold for USD$22,000
  2020 Mecum : Indy
 
1957 BMW Isetta 300
Chassis#: 504962
Sold for USD$31,900
  2020 RM Sothebys : Driving Into Summer
 
1957 BMW Isetta 300
Chassis#: 506947
Sold for USD$25,760
  2020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours
1957 BMW Isetta image  1957 BMW Isetta image  
1957 BMW Isetta 300
Sold for USD$31,900
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1957 BMW Isetta 300 Convertible
Chassis#: 502608
Sold for USD$26,400
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction
 
1957 BMW Isetta 300 Hardtop
Chassis#: 4994492
Sold for USD$18,700
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction
 
1957 BMW Isetta 300
Chassis#: 505025
Sold for USD$33,000
  2019 Mecum : Monterey
 
1957 BMW Isetta 300
Sold for USD$30,800
  2019 Mecum : Indianpolis
 
1957 BMW Isetta 300 Bubble Window Z-Bar
Chassis#: 423609
Sold for USD$22,400
  2019 Bonhams : Tupelo Auction
 
1957 BMW Isetta 300
Sold for USD$34,100
  2019 Mecum : Houston
 
1957 BMW Isetta
Sold for USD$19,800
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1957 BMW Isetta 300
Chassis#: 503048
Sold for USD$29,700
  2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Auburn Auction
 
1957 BMW Isetta
Chassis#: 507702
Sold for USD$34,650
  2018 Mecum : Monterey
 
1957 BMW ISETTA CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 502286
Sold for USD$57,200
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1957 BMW Isetta 300
Sold for USD$31,500
  2018 GAA : Spring Sale
 
1957 BMW ISETTA CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 499800
Sold for USD$47,300
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1957 BMW Isetta 300
Sold for USD$30,800
  2018 Mecum : Kissimmee
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1957 BMW Isetta's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1957 BMW Isetta 300 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee   
1957 BMW Isetta 300 Deluxe Cabriolet 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$41,000$50,000$65,000
1957 BMW Isetta 3005014772017 RM Sothebys : Santa Monica $30,000$40,000
1957 BMW Isetta 300 2017 Amelia Island Select : Hollywood Wheels Auction $30,000$40,000
1957 BMW Isetta Cabriolet 2016 Mecum : Kissimmee$46,000  
1957 BMW Isetta5113292015 Motostalgia Auction Austin Grandprix 2015 $35,000$45,000
1957 BMW Isetta 300 2015 Leake Auction Tulsa, OK$24,000  
1957 BMW Isetta 2015 Spring Carlisle Auction   
1957 BMW ISETTA 300 2014 Mecum Dallas$30,000  
1957 BMW Isetta 250 2014 Auctions America : California$20,000  
1957 BMW Isetta 2013 Auctions America Auburn Spring$25,000  
1957 BMW Isetta 300 2012 Mecum St Charles, Il$20,000  
1957 BMW Isetta 300 Restored Arizona Micro Car4995782012 Mecum Monterey, CA$25,000  
1957 BMW ISETTA 300 2012 Auctions America Ft Lauderdale, Fl$24,000$30,000$35,000
1957 BMW Isetta Cabriolet 2012 Mecum Auctions Kissimmee Florida$48,000  
1957 BMW Isetta5080382012 Russo and Steele Scottsdale   
1957 BMW Isettta 300 2011 Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL Auction$17,000  
1957 BMW Isetta 2010 Leake Car Auctions Houston Reliant Center$17,000  
1957 BMW Isetta 300 2-Door 2009 Mecum Kissimmee, FL Auction$20,000  
1957 BMW Isetta 300 2008 Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction$13,500  
1957 BMW Isetta 300 2008 Mecum Muscle Cars & More Live TV Episode 2$14,750  
1957 BMW ISETTA 300 TWO DOOR 2003 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$18,000  

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