MiniGuy was a DMV-licensed dealer/broker in California for 12 years, but all cars on this site are “For Sale by Owner.” For details or more info, please contact us. We also assist in having thorough pre-purchase evaluations performed, Escrow services to provide for more-secure funds and title transfers, and door-to-door transport. When considering a car for purchase – including ones on this site, it's prudent to pay for a specialist or your mechanic to check them out, since these will not necessarily have undergone the same scrutiny they would've had before being offered in MiniGuy's former showroom. We also offer "Buyers Agent" services for locating cars, or consulting, or assisting with negotiations or transactions.

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Isetta? Nope, its a MiniSetta, or an IseMini?

March 29, 2004 – One of the first “Minis” the MiniGuy sold wasn’t really a Mini at all, but was an Isetta “bubble car” that someone had grafted an 850cc Mini engine and front subframe into the rear. The steering parts of the front subframe were locked in place, and a unique shifter arrangement allowed gear shifts from inside the Isetta’s two-seat cabin. The BMW Isetta, which featured a door that swung forward to open up the front of the car, was also built under license by other automakers. The Austin/Morris Mini was launched as a response to the Isetta and other “bubble cars” and “microcars” of the late ’50’s, including ones such as the “Vespa” (the car, not the scooter!), the “Messerschmitt” and a variety of others like them.

This Isetta was a total project when it arrived, and was sent that way to its new home in the San Francisco Bay Area. We’re told it would pop “wheelies” in its day… Anyone seen it lately?

By the way, if you know of any Isetta or Messerschmitt cars, including projects, that might be for sale, we’d love to hear from you…