by R.M. Clarke
The Isetta first appeared in Italy in 1953. Manufacturing licenses were sold to BMW in Germany and Velam in France. The first BMW appeared in April 1955 and the French car was imported into Britain in 1957.
Isetta of Great Britain had a license from BMW and made their own car slightly differently. BMW broadened the range with the 600 model, a four-wheeler. Launched in December 1957 it did not take off and was withdrawn two years later, the 700 was to take its place.
Once the Mini was introduced in 1959 BMW stopped production in 1962 and in Britain it stopped in 1964.
Isetta (BMW-ISO-Velam) Gold Portfolio 1953 - 1964 is a book of contemporary road tests, technical and specification data, new model introductions, driver's impressions, history and buyer's guides.
Models covered include: ISO Isetta, Surburbanite, Motocoupe, Kleinwagen, 300, Velam, convertible, 600.
Brooklands Books Ltd "Road Test" books provide a wide range and collection of road tests, comparison tests, new model introductions, long term tests, and other articles taken from the world's leading motoring magazines. The Gold Portfolio series have 172 - 180 pages with approximately 300 illustrations.
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