This is one of the coolest projects we have had come through our doors and we were very excited about the opportunity to restore this classic. The car was brought to us in pieces and had been previously modified with a Honda 600 drive train. The rear firewall was nonexistent; it had been cut out to clear the new engine. The rear wheel arches had also been cut to clear larger tires. Luckily we just happened to have another BMW Isetta 300 in the shop we could grab the panels off of.
The BMW Isetta was originally designed and built by a refrigerator company and was very successful in Europe after the World War II. It was in fact built by many different manufacturers, the most famous being BMW. The Isetta provided cheap, simple transportation for people at a time when they needed it the most. The Isetta is even credited with saving BMW during a period of financial difficulties after the war. These cars are now very rare collector’s items and have been known to bring $40,000+ at auction.
The body was a real mess and looked like it might not be salvageable, but Hank Van Gaale from SLO Works did an excellent job of fabricating all of the panels and repairing the body back to its original condition. SLO Works is located right next door to us and is a full fabrication/machine shop that does all of our custom fabrication as well as extensive body work. We are very lucky to have a shop like this located right next door!