#7175 Iso Isetta (1953) Louwman Museum
Iso Isetta (1953) at the Louwman Museum in The Hague (Holland)
The front of the Iso Isetta is the car door. It hinges to the side; the steering wheel and instruments swing out with the door to facilitate easy access to the car. The car seats two and the most popular accessory was a luggage rack fitted to the rear, seeing as luggage space is seriously limited. The two rear wheels are powered through a four-speed gearbox. 'Isetta' means 'small Iso', and refers to refrigerator manufacturer Iso, owned by Italian Renzo Rivolta. At the end of the 1940s he starts with the manufacture of scooters and cars, including this Isetta. Rivolta entered seven Isettas in the 1954 Mille Miglia road race and won the economy class. BMW, who at that point only manufactured expensive cars, acquired a licence to manufacture the Isetta. As a BMW the Isetta was a roaring success. By 1962 they had produced over 160.000 units. In that same year Renzo Rivolta set up a sports car factory and went on to produce prestigious models such as the Grifo.
The Louwman Museum in The Hague, the Netherlands, features one of the most impressive private car collections in the world. Several hundred cars are on show to teach you all about car history. The Louwman Museum offers a wide collection that includes everything from antique and classic cars to Formula 1 racing cars and hybrids. Since 1934, two generations of the Louwman family have assembled a unique collection of cars. The present Louwman Museum was designed to display the collection to the public. It was festively opened in 2010. The collection leads you from horse and wagon to the first self-propelled vehicles. It also takes you past the luxury cars from the end of the 19th century, post-war "affordable cars" and the first racing cars. Some of the Louwman Museum's highlights include unique specimens such as the boat-car, the beach-car and the swan-car as well as famous cars such as James Bond's Aston Martin from the film Goldfinger and the customised Cadillac Fleetwood of Elvis Presley.