展示:BMW イセッタ / BMW Isetta

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BMW イセッタ(1959年・ドイツ)
BMW Isetta (1959, Germany)

車両データ / Vehicle Data

全長 / Length

2407mm

全幅 / Width

1363mm

全高 / Height

1370mm

車両質量 / Vehicle Mass

369kg

ホイールベース / Wheelbase

1515mm

エンジン形式 / Engine Type

空冷単気筒OHV

Air-cooled, single-cylinder, OHV

総排気量 / Total Displacement

297cm3

最高出力 / Maximum Output

13/10/5200(HP/kW/min-1)

車両解説 / Vehicle Description

第二次世界大戦後、高級車市場の需要は低く、高級車路線を打ち出したBMWの経営が困窮した時期に、イタリアのイソ社からライセンスを取得して生産したマイクロカーがイセッタである。前開きのドアを持つ愛らしい外観が最大の特徴。イセッタは一時期ドイツ復興期の庶民の足として親しまれ、BMWに明るい話題をもたらした。その後、BMW600を得て、本格的な4輪小型乗用車BMW700の開発へと移っていく。

After World War II the demand for luxury automobiles was very low and so BMW, which had set out to produce luxury cars, found itself in serious financial difficulty. Consequently, BMW started producing this microcar called the Isetta, after buying the license from the Italian firm Iso Autoveicoli S.p.A. The vehicle’s most striking characteristic is the forward-opening door that gives the vehicle its adorable appearance. For a time the Isetta served admirably as a major means of transportation for average German citizens during the period of reconstruction after the war and also became a bright spot financially for BMW. After this the BMW 600 was produced and it began the design and development process for its more successful successor, the BMW 700, which was a full-fledged four-wheeled compact passenger car.

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