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Jack’s Toy Is a BMW Isetta

If you are local to Southern California, chances are you may have run into Jack Charney, his beautiful 1957 BMW Isetta and his one-of-a-kind sweater. On a weekly basis Jack can be seen driving his Isetta along Mulholland Highway and at various BMW events. This particular Isetta has a story, one that started when Jack purchased it new in 1957, and after regretting selling it, found himself on journey that led him back to his same car nearly twenty years later.

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Mark Newton
Mark Newton

Hi everyone and I hope Jack reads this, I loved this story and jacks great success to recover his Isetta.
I have 1957 blue Isetta made in England, which I restored, after importing it from New Zealand , I love it.
Would like to made contact with Jack if possible.
Happy bubbling

RON JOHNSON
RON JOHNSON
When I was in my 20’s I purchased a 1957 Isetta 300. The fellow who had owned the car was a sign painter in San Dimas, California. He had passed away in a house fire. I tracked down his father who sold the car to me for $75. It was not running at the time and I rented a U-Hual trailer and I and two of my friends carried the car into the trailer. I Pomona, California there was a BMW motorcycle dealer. I took the cylinder head to them and they were able to repair the head. I got… Read more »
Andrew TheBoss
Andrew TheBoss

Just to rmemeber.
Isetta was an Italian car built under licence by BMW and other coach builder.
Full story on wiki. 🙂

ElGato
ElGato

Nevermind… watching is fundamental… 😉

ElGato
ElGato

Question for the group – He says he bought it new in ’57. Totally believable, no problem. I’m wondering about the license plate, though. Back in ’57, it would have been a California Black plate or Yellow plate, right? Why does it have a new 6-series modern white plate? I’m struggling to think of why it changed, if he’s the same owner this whole time.

Josh Clason
Josh Clason

I remember asking the same question when I was filming and Jack had an answer that I have forgotten. I will ask him.

ElGato
ElGato

Thanks, but it’s not really necessary. There’s a photo in there that shows it had a yellow plate at one point. I’m guessing it was off the road for such a stretch of time that the registration elapsed, and a new plate had to be issued, at/before Jack bought it back.

protean
protean

What a great bloke.

Simon Creasey
Simon Creasey

Beautiful story and video 🙂

Alex Daniel
Alex Daniel

Love stories like this.

Nar
Nar

Such an awesome story! One of my favourite videos for sure. 🙂

azntaiji
azntaiji

Wow, what a great story, and great car!

matthew wiseman
matthew wiseman

i think I’ve talked to him before at SoCal Vintage last year, he’s a very nice man with a car that looks better in person

Johannes Roussel
Johannes Roussel

Great story and great car. An Isetta would be my second choice after a Messerschmitt…

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