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Old 01-28-2013, 06:29 AM   #1
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700hp BMW Isetta

Never saw the hot wheels version, but I guess someone loved it enough
as a kid to put some cash into making it. Going up for auction next month.



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Microcar collector Bruce Wiener had a spare BMW Isetta and in 2005 he decided to commission a real, fully functioning, 730hp Isetta – following the Hot Wheels model down to the smallest detail. It’s fitted with a 502-cubic inch Chevrolet “big block” crate engine, a BDS supercharger, twin Holley 750 CFM double-pumper carburettors and Zoomies exhaust headers rigged to blast flames 4 feet into the air.

Microcar collector Bruce Wiener had a spare BMW Isetta and in 2005 he decided to commission a real, fully functioning, 730hp Isetta – following the Hot Wheels model down to the smallest detail. It’s fitted with a 502-cubic inch Chevrolet “big block” crate engine, a BDS supercharger, twin Holley 750 CFM double-pumper carburettors and Zoomies exhaust headers rigged to blast flames 4 feet into the air.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:41 AM   #2
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Looks like something Stan Mott would cook up . . . . . . . Cyclops, anyone?
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:45 AM   #3
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Very cool, but other than the fraction of the body shell, there's really not much Isetta to that thing is there?
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:50 AM   #4
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Very cool, but other than the fraction of the body shell, there's really not much Isetta to that thing is there?
Yeah, probably does a decent 1/4 mile, but not sure how well it is set up to make turns.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:19 AM   #5
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I love it!
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:40 AM   #6
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I was just there last weekend and saw the car in person. Pretty cool IMO!







A little blurb about it an the Hot Wheels car to boot!
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:31 AM   #7
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Back in the 60's (somewhere I have the magazine article on it) someone stuffed a WWII V12 Allison or Rolls Royce airplane into one of those. No hanging crap off the back either. Looked a lot better, fit a lot better, all with a larger engine. All 40+ years ago. This new one look like total crap to me Some screwed up trike design with a few flapping body parts poorly hung off of it.
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:48 PM   #8
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That's cool Jon. Spec sheet shows 1500lbs, nice power to weight ratio.
Interested to see how much the auction brings in.

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Bronco, I googled that one you mentioned, looks pretty crazy!
Same engine as the P51.

2000 HP Isetta with Allison aircraft engine.
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:24 PM   #9
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A little artistic license there, I think. The engine in that car is an Allison and the P51D in the background would have come with a Packard Merlin (the text even says "similar engine"). You would have to find a P51A to get an Allison engine.

Although an Allison engined Isetta is still damn cool!
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That's cool Jon. Spec sheet shows 1500lbs, nice power to weight ratio.
Interested to see how much the auction brings in.

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Bronco, I googled that one you mentioned, looks pretty crazy!
Same engine as the P51.

The interesting thing is the entire auction is held with no reserve. The estimated selling price from the auction booklet was $50-100k. I found the auction book by clicking on a bunch of links on their site trying to find out what a different car was that I took a picture of.

The rest of the pictures I took are at http://jsantarelli.smugmug.com/Museu...icrocar-Museum if you are interested.
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