BMW will auction a 1959 Isetta Whatta Drag

Posted on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 , 17:01:13 byEmil

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BMW will auction a 1959 Isetta Whatta Drag


For the ones that love older cars, hold on to your hats as BMW is auctioning a heavily modified 1959 BMW Isetta on the 16th of February at RM Auctions. This only model receives power from a supercharged Chevrolet V8 engine capable of generating 730 horsepower. All the output is being sent to the wheels through a 2-speed manual transmission.



We will now turn our attention towards the Hot Wheels brand of die-cast toy cars. This was first introduced by American toy manufacturer Mattel in 1968. The specialists have licensed the rights to produce several faithful replicas of real cars and this is not all; they have also developed quite a lot of fantasy pieces. Let us take for example the Whatta Drag developed by Phil Riehlman and introduced in 1998. This model is maybe the most recognizable of them all. Everyone really enjoyed the fantasy piece that in 2005, microcar collector Bruce Weiner decided to turn it into reality by building a life-sized, fully-functioning version. The designer chose a certain model to modify, the most detailed of all the Whatta Drag models. It is finished in bright orange with a large Hot Wheels decal on top of the spoiler and it uses chromed five-spoke wheels. As base it used the body shell from an original 1959 BMW Isetta. Moving on, a new, sturdy frame was constructed using heavy welded steel tubing. The engine features a BDS supercharger, twin Holley 750 CFM double pumper carburetors and also Zoomies exhaust headers rigged to shoot flames. To handle the extra power, the engineers have fitted the dual circuit disc brake system that also incorporates an AP balance bar for burnouts and donuts. Trying to keep the BMW roots, the model uses M3 suspension; the chromed 5-spoke front tires use the BMW roundel logo and are shod with B.F. Goodrich G-Force tires.



As a showpiece is absolutely unique as it is one of the only four Hot Wheels models to have been turned into a real car.



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