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In Pictures: BMW always had an "i" for tiny cars

Microcars for megacities nothing new for BMW, writes Bob English. The pint-sized Isetta helped save the auto maker after the second world war

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The tin-bodied, egg-shaped BMW Isetta Motocoupe of 1955 came with only one-door – the entire front section unhinged, which is a word that could also describe the whole concept – and was powered by a motorbike engine.

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Workers push an Isetta, a tiny two-seater that German car manufacturer BMW made in the 50's, to a stand during preparations for the 2001 Frankfurt motor show.

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