Both the convertible top and sunroof are missing for a long time. The frame devices for both tops are with the car.
In the background is a Rare Isetta Chadwick golf cart built in Pottstown PA. These are faster than the Isetta with a full 4 speed transmission.
Body is solid with dents and still has about 85% original Japan Red paint.
Interior is ok with the original seat and front door panel.
Side glass on the passenger side is fully intact. should be a straight forward restoration
convertible latches are all present. Aluminum trim that mounts between the top is missing. We have new trim pieces for that convertible.
The small square chrome (now rusted) at the lower convertible frame device is still attached. These are rare indeed.
Driver side close up picture from the convertible top frame. Interesting to know that BMW used a philips screw holding the square plate into place. i thought in the 50's only oval head slotted screws were used for the Isetta unless this is a sheet metal screw than it would make sense
Notice that this model had only one wiper arm/blade therfore it was a East cost car.
All West coast cars had two wiper arms/blades.
The dimple is stamped into the door but not drilled out. must have been the law at the West coast. In any event for BMW it means saving some money by installing only a single unit.
The turn signal lenses are wrong.
They should be clear with the chrome ring that was plated onto the lens.
Some Isettas had different license tag brackets this car had the upper small tab that prevents the tag from vibrating. Most of the lower brackets are with the Isettas but the upper bracket are missing the top small bracket that pinched the tag together
The inner funnel sheet metal is nicely preserved with the original Gray primer paint.
All Isetta with the delux door only received the exterior color just at the top of this panel becuase that section will be seen after the interior panel has been installed.
The rest is primer.
The rubber seals to either side and toward the top is also a product reproduced by Isettas R us
This Isetta had the optional sun visors unfortunate the original cardboard version are long time gone and someone installed the plastic visors. The good thing is that the brackets are still intact which will be chrome plated. We have new sun visors with the textured pattern and the small BMW logo reproduced.
The sound proofing material is in such good shape we decided to leave it in place and paint around it. Will also add the black back to the sound proofing.
The original off White seat material is still to either side of the seat therefore we know now which seat color the car came from the factory. The original seat is bad with the wrong cover.
Passenger side of the interior sound proofing.
Isettas R us has made patterns from the sound proofing material so that we can cut these in advance before installing them.
Getting tired jumping in and out the car making pattern for this application but at least we have those now for any upcoming restoration
both driver side windows were busted out. Only the latch survived. For the convertible the rear window is very unique and hard to find. Bought a whole convertible shell form New Jersey just to get the windows and convertible frame device.
Heat choke controls with the shifter and wire harness in place. Bracket to hold spiral hose in place are located at the lower headlight bolt which by the way is a longer bolt. Someone removed the defroster nozzle as well the paper hose.
Door turned out nice with minor pitting at the bottom and some dents. But in great shape for a deluxe door which normally rust out from at the bottom due to the water that comes into the vent grill opening.
The holes on the vent grills are altered at the factory to get them to fit.
Normally I hoped for nice true holes instead of egged out holes. Well these cars were hand built after all.
Someone did not knew how to remove the nerfbars therefore they punched a hole into the inner fender to gain access to the bolt.
Both sides have the same hole and the nerfbars were removed before we received the car.Body shell has some rust out at the lower inner fender and toward the inside typical on these cars
the sides looks good.
Now the rear has to be worked on next.
There is a seam that goes vertical between the quarter panel section which has to be defined which is a trade mark for any Isetta.
Do not fill the seam with lead or bondo!!