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October 27, 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.

  3. It seems that 80 years have passed, but I still think that such a design is much better than what is happening with the design of cars now. It would be great to open your own car manufacturing business, hire some car manufacturing company here and produce my own cars of the old design to order. I hope I will be able to implement my plans correctly.




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