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October 26, 2019

BMW Isetta: The Iconic Bubble Car of Automotive History

The Isetta is an Italian-designed microcar built under license in a number of different countries, including Argentina, Spain, Belgium, France, Brazil, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Because of its egg shape and bubble-like windows, it became known as a bubble car, a name also given to other similar vehicles.

In 1955, the BMW Isetta became the world's first mass-production car to achieve a fuel consumption of 3 L/100 km (94 mpg‑imp; 78 mpg‑US). It was the top-selling single-cylinder car in the world, with 161,728 units sold.

Here below is a collection of vintage photos that captured the iconic bubble car BMW Isetta.


  1. I was about ten years old or so the first time I saw a picture of one of these odd BMWs. They were so strange looking to me I started laughing and couldn't stop. It was years before I could look at one without laughing.

  2. I have owned and used my Isetta for 41 years and it never fails to attract attention. Their performance is not measured in MPG or MPH - it is measured in Smiles per mile.




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