BMW Isetta Is The Pickup You Never Knew You Wanted

Well here’s something we thought we’d never see; a custom BMW Isetta that’s been converted into a pickup truck.

The unique vehicle was recently sold for a touch over $12,000 on Bring A Trailer and while an Isetta pickup sounds like something from the Frankenstein novel, it actually appears to be quite well built and is certainly not something you’d be ashamed to drive.

The listing says that this 1957 BMW Isetta started life out like any other Isetta. However, the previous owner, a former technician at the BMW plant in Munich, decided to convert the tiny, one-door car, into a pickup when they moved to Canada.

Powering the pickup is a 1.6-liter Volkswagen flat-four that’s been mated to a four-speed manual transmission. The pickup bed itself is rather nontraditional and is made up of Brazilian Balau hardwood and free of any sides or a tailgate, clearly impacting its practicality. However, the results do look rather special.

Under the ownership of the seller, the car had its yellow vinyl wrap removed and replaced by a 50’s style non-metallic green paint scheme. Trimmings are then painted in black and the pickup bed itself can actually tilt upwards.

What do you think of this conversion? Are you a fan or do you think it’s ghastly?

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  • roy

    I want one

    • Bash

      No you don’t

      • roy

        Trust me. I want one. Just for the quirk s

  • Raul V

    It’s not based on an Isetta, it’s based on a BMW 600 which is a 4 seater intead of 2.. a larger wheelbase.

  • Bash

    Is it still designed for the people who (doesn’t look back)

  • Bo Hanan

    Is the maximum towing weight itself?

  • I THINK I’D RATHER HAVE IT AS IT ORIGINALLY WAS. MORE POWER CAN’T HURT THO.

  • looks better than some of the Bangle designed vehicles.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Needed. Not wanted. NEEDED.

  • Steven Ala

    If it was done to a hopeless basket case id say yes by all means..but since it was done while rather new ill give it a pass this time…after all who knew back then that cars like these as basic as they were would ever be worth the astronomical sums they fetch today? We seriously need to bring these cars all back..with modern materials and technology but also a harmonious balance of the sheer simplicity and repairability by any moderately skilled person. Nsu prinz..zundapp janus..trojan…isetta 300 and especially the 600..fiat multipla..goggomobil glas..heinkel…messerschmitt…ahhh the throaty purr makes my heart sing!

  • brn

    The engine is behind the rear wheels. Effectively nothing over the front wheel. The front end of that thing must float terribly.

    Freaking cool mod, but nothing resembling practicality.

    • Miknik

      Well that uses a Beetle drive train, so it will likely drive like one….

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