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  • Alex Daniel

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    Love stories like this.

  • Simon Creasey

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    Beautiful story and video :-)

  • protean

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    What a great bloke.

  • ElGato

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    Question for the group - He says he bought it new in '57. Totally believable, no problem. I'm wondering about the license plate, though. Back in '57, it would have been a California Black plate or Yellow plate, right? Why does it have a new 6-series modern white plate? I'm struggling to think of why it changed, if he's the same owner this whole time.

  • Josh Clason

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    I remember asking the same question when I was filming and Jack had an answer that I have forgotten. I will ask him.

  • ElGato

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    Thanks, but it's not really necessary. There's a photo in there that shows it had a yellow plate at one point. I'm guessing it was off the road for such a stretch of time that the registration elapsed, and a new plate had to be issued, at/before Jack bought it back.

  • ElGato

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    Nevermind... watching is fundamental... ;)

  • Andrew TheBoss

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    Just to rmemeber.
    Isetta was an Italian car built under licence by BMW and other coach builder.
    Full story on wiki. :)

  • RON JOHNSON

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    When I was in my 20's I purchased a 1957 Isetta 300. The fellow who had owned the car was a sign painter in San Dimas, California. He had passed away in a house fire. I tracked down his father who sold the car to me for $75. It was not running at the time and I rented a U-Hual trailer and I and two of my friends carried the car into the trailer. I Pomona, California there was a BMW motorcycle dealer. I took the cylinder head to them and they were able to repair the head. I got the car running and was in the process of repairing the brakes when my Dad asked me if he could drive it? I sat on the rear shelf with my head through the Sun roof. As my Dad was going down our street I informed him he would have to use the E-brake as there weren't any other brakes as yet. He was surprised to say the least. My friends and I would take the car to a local horse track and slide the car sideways around the track. Once we even managed to get it airborne. The fastest I had the car was 65 mph. With only 3 brakes on 4 wheels this tended to be exciting when you wanted to stop. Those with an Isetta will understand. I had a supervisor who owned a 300 that was Corvair powered.

  • Mark Newton

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    Hi everyone and I hope Jack reads this, I loved this story and jacks great success to recover his Isetta.
    I have 1957 blue Isetta made in England, which I restored, after importing it from New Zealand , I love it.
    Would like to made contact with Jack if possible.
    Happy bubbling