#10rides: The BMW Isetta, as rare as a fridge on wheels can get
#10rides is a series highlighting some of the many cool cars and trucks touring around Fremont County. #10rides is presented by Bailey Tire and Auto Service. Want to see your ride featured? Submit it.
Maybe you’ve seen Fremont County’s tiny car in a parade or scooting around Riverton. It’s hard to miss – unless you blink or happen to be looking up when it passes. But don’t take it for granted – this is one rare little car!
Well, you can’t actually call Kevin Kershisnik’s 1959 BMW Isetta a ‘car’ per se. In 1953 an Italian company that manufactured refrigerators, scooters, and three-wheeled trucks decided to see what would happen if they put their products together. They literally bolted two motor scooters onto a fridge and poof: The Isetta was born.
This #10ride is one of about 8,500 that made it to the US between 1952 to 1962. Now it’s one of only 800 said to be operational in the country.
“It’s actually pretty fast,” says Kevin. How fast? The 1 cylinder engine boast 13 horses under the hood and can do a zippy “53 miles per hour if you’ve got a strong tail wind and if I really push it I can do 0 – 50 in about 40 seconds.”
“I’m not winning any races, but it’s a really fun car. We used to drive it every week.”
And apparently, it’ll cover some distance with its 3.4 gallon tank which gets approximately 63 miles to the gallon.
Kevin says his wife, Kelly came across it in Casper in the 90’s. With new tires, a new battery, and a few new connections it was running. This summer he’s replacing the fuel system in his spare time.
“My favorite thing about the car is sharing its history and letting kids sit inside since it’s just their size. It sounds like a motorcycle, opens with an old refrigerator door handle, and has a moon roof. We love it!”