Montag, 11. Juli 2011

Knutschkugel - "snooching ball" - "bubble car"

BMW Isetta 300

BMW made this Isetta its own. They redesigned the powerplant around a BMW one-cylinder, four-stroke, 247 cc motorcycle engine which generated 10 kW (13 hp). Although the major elements of the Italian design remained intact, BMW re-engineered much of the car, so much so that none of the parts between a BMW Isetta Moto Coupe and an Iso Isetta are interchangeable. The first BMW Isetta appeared in April 1955.
In May 1962, three years after launching the conventionally modern-looking BMW 700, BMW ceased production of Isettas. A total of 161,728 units had been built.

This well-preserved  BMW Isetta 300 - also known as "Knutschkugel", literally translated into "snooching ball" - I saw recent weekend in my hometown Bad Mergentheim.

Really a beauty, isn't it!?


  1. Ohh my god, more than a beauty! LOVE this bubble car very very much.. my first time to see such a bubble machine..

  2. That's definitely NOT the right car for Istanbul City traffic - you certainly would get run over by extremly fast and furious Istanbul taxi drivers!!!


  3. I remember meeting someone who had used his bright Orange BMW300 to go on honeymoon with his new bride in the 1960's (?) I presume her dress wasn't so big :o)

    This week our local garage has been servicing a Ferrari Dino and a Mini Moke The 1960's were a decade of contrasts!