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1960 BMW Isetta

1960 BMW Isetta in Top Gear, Non-fiction TV, 2002-2015 IMDB Ep. 10.03

Class: Others, Microcar — Model origin: IT — Built in: UK — Made for: GB

1960 BMW Isetta

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Owner of this vehicle: bubbler

Comments about this vehicle

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G-MANN UK

2007-10-31 16:02

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Vehicle Details for registration number 321FRT:

Year of manufacture 1960
Engine size(CC) 295

moviecarguy12 US

2007-11-23 00:40

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Geeze, they make alot of mistakes in this show!!!!!! It's a 1957!!!!!! The King (Elvis) owned one in addition to the 1950'S BMW sports-car, according to the book, 365 Cars You Must Drive!!!!!!

DynaMike NL

2007-11-23 00:49

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The Isetta with these windows were introduced in 1957 indeed. Bt the last ones were produced in May 1962, so why couldn't this one be a 1960 model? Btw, it's a three-wheeler (most Isetta had two rear wheel close together).

bubbler EN

2008-03-10 17:59

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Hi There !!!
this vehicle is a 1960 built in Brighton and was assembled May 1960 and registered mid July the same year, i should know as it's MY car
cheers The bubbler.

kayleenara EN

2008-08-05 21:54

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Hi Bubbler - randomly I was on my way back from Lincolnshire a couple of years ago and saw this exact car on the back of a truck. I took a couple of pictures of it. I remember it because of the number plate which everyone in my car thought was very funny :) I couldn't believe it when I saw it on top gear! Very random!!

G-MANN UK

2012-11-08 22:26

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From episode 15.02:

[Image: topgearbmwisetta152.jpg]
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The vehicle details for 518 ELT are:
Date of Liability 01 06 1982
Date of First Registration 01 09 1962
Year of Manufacture 1962
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 300CC
Fuel Type Petrol
Vehicle Status Unlicensed
Vehicle Colour BLUE

From a deleted scene from episode 15.01:

[Image: topgearbmwisetta151deleted.jpg]

The vehicle details for XWV 753 are (check made by HeartbreakKid15 in 2011):

Date of Liability 01 05 2011
Date of First Registration 29 04 1961
Year of Manufacture 1961
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 295CC
Fuel Type Petrol
Vehicle Colour RED

dsl wrote I still think - not entirely out of mischief - that as a licensing arrangement, BMW Isettas should be Origin I, Made in D. But I'm not going to die in a ditch for it.


ingo wrote This one is for sure specially made for UK, because it's a three-wheeler. They were made due the British tax-regulations.


dsl wrote I hadn't realised the 3-wheeler BMW-ised version was unique to UK. In terms of Iso-made Isettas [no German plural!] the prototype was 3-wheeler (so could be Origin I here for its development), but all production cars had 4 as you say.

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