1957 BMW Isetta Coupe / 511136 Vehicle Information

1957 BMW Isetta photograph

1957 BMW Isetta photograph

1957 BMW Isetta photograph

1957 BMW Isetta1957 BMW Isetta1957 BMW Isetta
Coupe
Chassis #: 511136
Sold for $29,700 at 2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction.
The Isetta was a microcar built by Renno Rivolta, a refrigerator manufacturer. Sales were slow and after two years sold the rights to BMW. BMW debuted the Isetta at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1955 along with their 505 Pullman Limousine. The contrast between the two vehicles was obvious and generated positive press for BMW.
BMW was a struggling company when they purchased the Isetta. Luckily the market was willing and wanting to own the 13 horsepower vehicle and within a few years helped bring BMW back from the brink of bankruptcy.

The Isetta was tiny with seating for two. Power was from a BMW motorcycle that was 298 cc in size, air-cooled, four-stroke, single-cylinder, and produced a staggering 13 horsepower. This was enough to carry the 59.1-inch wheelbase vehicle to a top speed of 50 mph. Fuel mileage was exceptional reaching nearly 45 miles per gallon.

At the 2006 RM Auction in Monterey, the vehicle was estimated to sell between $40,000 - $50,000. The vehicle failed to meet this mark but was sold due to no reserve. According to the estimated value of the car, the new owner found a bargain at $29,700.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2006


2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $40,000-USD $50,000 
Sale Price :
USD $29,700

1957 BMW Isetta Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1957 sales)
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
 
1957 BMW Isetta 300 Deluxe
Sold for USD$35,200
  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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1957 BMW Isetta vehicle thumbnail image  1957 BMW Isetta vehicle thumbnail image  
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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the BMW Isetta1956 Coupe
Chassis Num: 493903
Engine Num: 493903
Chassis information for the BMW Isetta1956 Coupe
Chassis Num: 604264
Chassis information for the BMW Isetta1957 Coupe
Chassis Num: 499578
Chassis information for the BMW Isetta1957 Coupe
Chassis Num: 500153
Chassis information for the BMW Isetta1957 Coupe
Chassis Num: 500678
Chassis information for the BMW Isetta1957 Coupe
Chassis Num: 500812
Chassis information for the BMW Isetta1957 Coupe
Chassis Num: 501377
Chassis information for the BMW Isetta1957 Coupe
Chassis Num: 501957
Chassis information for the BMW Isetta1957 Coupe
Chassis Num: 502242
Chassis information for the BMW Isetta1957 Coupe
Chassis Num: 503831
Chassis information for the BMW Isetta1957 Coupe
Chassis Num: 506947
Chassis information for the BMW Isetta1957 Coupe
Chassis Num: 507984
Engine Num: 499476
Chassis information for the BMW Isetta1957 Coupe
Chassis Num: 509090
Chassis information for the BMW Isetta1957 Coupe
Chassis Num: 511136
Chassis information for the BMW Isetta 3001958 Coupe
Chassis Num: 500656
Chassis information for the BMW Isetta 3001958 Coupe
Chassis Num: 509322
Chassis information for the BMW Isetta 3001958 Coupe
Chassis Num: 510695
Chassis information for the BMW Isetta 3001959 Coupe
Chassis Num: 427245
Chassis information for the BMW Isetta 3001960 Coupe
Chassis Num: 325326
Chassis information for the BMW Isetta 3001960 Coupe
Chassis Num: A11917


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