1956 BMW Isetta

Its name meaning 'little Iso,' the Isetta was designed and first manufactured by the same Italian firm that later produced the exotic Iso Rivolta, Iso Fidia and Iso Grifo. The Isetta was also built under license by both Velam in France and BMW in Germany and is credited as being the car that saved BMW. While exported to America, their small size, poor performance and unusual appearance made them an unpopular alternative to other economy cars and few were sold. Other cars that competed against the BMW in the 'micro-car' market segment included the German Messerschmitt, Italian Fiat Bianchina, and the French Mochet Velocar.


It was produced during/after wwII as an alternative to the VW bug. This vehicle was produced from 1955-1962.


by Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2006

Related Reading : BMW Isetta History

At a time when cheap, short-distance transportation was preferred by consumers, BMW introduced the Isetta in November of 1953 at Turin. One of the most successful microcars that were produced in the post-WWII years, the egg-shaped Isettas design originated in Italy. The Isetta received the nickname bubble car because of its bubble-like windows and its egg shape. Other nicknames for the Isetta were....
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1956 Vehicle Profiles

1956 BMW Isetta vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 604264

The BMW Isetta is often regarded as the car that saved BMW and a vehicle that was born out of necessity. The 1950s saw an oil shortage in Europe, declining motorcycle sales, and a burgeoning middle class. This opened the way for the microcar craze. T....[continue reading]

1956 BMW Isetta vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 493903
Engine Num: 493903

The Isetta was developed in Italy by Industrialist Renzo Rivolta's Iso SpA. It was later license-built by BMW in West Germany, with development including adaptation of the Bavarian manufacturer's four-stroke engines led by Eberhard Wolff. ....[continue reading]

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Chassis #: 604264 
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Chassis #: 493903 


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December 2019
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October 2019
25,440
September 2019
27,467
July 2019
23,015
June 2019
31,627
May 2019
27,109
April 2019
23,816
March 2019
32,228
February 2019
23,558
January 2019
18,102
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Model Year Production

#1#2#3BMW
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)50,256
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)40,371
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)

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