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Made To Drive | S02 E08

Jack’s Toy Is A BMW Isetta

Jack's Toy Is a BMW Isetta
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Mark Newton
Mark Newton
8 years ago

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
8 years ago

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 the car running and was in the process of repairing the brakes when my Dad asked me if he could drive it? I sat on the rear shelf with my head through the Sun roof. As my Dad was going down our street I informed him he would have to use the E-brake as there weren’t any other brakes as yet. He was surprised to say the least. My friends and I would take the car to a local horse track and slide the car sideways around the track. Once we even managed to get it airborne. The fastest I had the car was 65 mph. With only 3 brakes on 4 wheels this tended to be exciting when you wanted to stop. Those with an Isetta will understand. I had a supervisor who owned a 300 that was Corvair powered.

Andrew TheBoss
Andrew TheBoss
8 years ago

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

ElGato
ElGato
8 years ago

Nevermind… watching is fundamental… πŸ˜‰

ElGato
ElGato
8 years ago

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
8 years ago
Reply to  ElGato

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
8 years ago
Reply to  Josh Clason

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
8 years ago

What a great bloke.

Simon Creasey
Simon Creasey
8 years ago

Beautiful story and video πŸ™‚

Alex Daniel
Alex Daniel
8 years ago

Love stories like this.

Nar
Nar
8 years ago

Such an awesome story! One of my favourite videos for sure. πŸ™‚

azntaiji
azntaiji
8 years ago

Wow, what a great story, and great car!

matthew wiseman
matthew wiseman
8 years ago

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
8 years ago

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