A cute little “BMW Isetta” has undergone a comprehensive restoration process after it was found lost in the woods. A team from the YouTube channel named “Restored” located this car out in the woods. It has been reported that the vehicle was mainly manufactured by the company “Iso,” but BMW then procured the vehicle by officially obtaining its license and other documents from the Italian automobile manufacturing company. This “Little Iso” during its tenure was a major sensation for motor enthusiasts due to its underlying capabilities and fuel efficiency of 78 miles per gallon in the U.S.
In addition to that, it became one of the best-selling cars back then, and this can be proved by the fact that BMW manufactured around a whopping 160,000 units of it from 1955 to 1962. But unfortunately, as of now, it can be estimated that this 1959 Isetta 300 model has been resting and rusting in the woods for about 40 years. It has become like a piece of scrap now, but as the team found it, they released it immediately from the hold of forgotten wood and began its restoration process.
It can be seen in the pictures embedded above that the Isetta 300 is roofless, making it a home for all the plants, which can be seen emerging from the roof. The trunks of the small trees can be seen bursting into the roof. However, the majority of its parts, including the fuel wiring, were rusted, but its outer frame was in good shape. Moreover, the rubber on the tires was in very bad condition and could be seen wearing down as they were taking the Isetta to the maintenance shop.
Apart from this, the team from the YouTube channel “Restored” made some attempts until the engine started. It took a lot of time to start the “13-horsepower 298 cc engine,” and it was possible after they cleaned the engine and fixed all of the broken wirings into their place. As soon as they took the car to the maintenance shop, they replaced the old and broken tires with a set of new “10-inch white wall tires”. After the car was deemed fit and in a working position, the team immediately took it to the car wash station, which also proved to be its first destination in 40 years.
It is worth noting that the whole process took around two days of effort to bring the car back into operating condition. Moreover, the team then observed its maximum speed on-road and it was revealed that it can cruise at a speed of 45 miles per hour, or in other words, 72 kilometers per hour. This is also the “minimum highway speed limit” in some states. Now let’s see if this little Iso will receive some further modifications in its design structure or not.