he 1955 BMW Isetta is possibly the cutest automobile that has ever been produced: it’s egg-shaped, has bubbly windows, and the entire windshield and front of the car open up for passengers to get in and out. It’s top speed may be only 53 miles per hour, but the Isetta is the single best-selling single-cylinder car of all time: BMW sold over 160,000 of them.
I had never seen an Isetta until last year when I visited the BMW factory in Munich, Germany, but I was enamored with it immediately. When I entered the museum’s enormous lobby-showroom, I saw a man driving kids (and even a few adults) around the floor, mischievously weaving in and out of museum visitors and exhibits, while honking the Isetta’s horn. No one got out of the Isetta disappointed.
Afterward, my friends and I discovered a room with walls covered in old photos of BMW customers and their vintage vehicles. It was the most charming part of the whole museum, and the wall of 1950s customers standing with their Isettas was the cutest of all. Yes, the museum sometimes feels a bit too heavy on corporate propaganda, but it’s hard to fault a place that offers sweet rides in an adorable Isetta. WB
Am Olympiapark 2, 80809 München. +49 (0) 89 125016001 . 9.00€ for adults, 6.00€ for kids and students, and 8.00€ per person for groups of 5 or more. Monday - Sunday: 7:30 AM - midnight. www.bmw-welt.com.