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Old Jul 7, 2015, 6:11 PM   #1
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The Isetta caused a sensation when it was introduced to the motoring press in Turin in November 1953,[9] it was unlike anything seen before. Small (only 2.29 m (7.5 ft) long by 1.37 m (4.5 ft) wide) and egg-shaped, with bubble-type windows, the entire front end of the car hinged outwards to allow entry. In the event of a crash, the driver and passenger were to exit through the canvas sunroof. The steering wheel and instrument panel swung out with the single door, as this made access to the single bench seat simpler. The seat provided reasonable comfort for two occupants, and perhaps a small child. Behind the seat was a large parcel shelf with a spare wheel located below. A heater was optional, and ventilation was provided by opening the fabric sunroof.
Power came from a 236 cc (14.4 cu in), 7.1 kW (9.5 hp) split-single two-stroke motorcycle engine.
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I had one of these in 1959. I fabricated a rig that I attached to the rear luggage rack consisting of a low rev.(5 RPM) electric motor which drove a large wooden "wind-up Key". It received a lot of laughs from fellow motorists. It also embarassed the heck out of my wife-to-be to ride in it.
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