Two Classics: BMW Z8 and Isetta

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Two Classics: BMW Z8 and Isetta

The BMW Z8 and the old-timer are two cars that we don#8217;t get to see often. If the Z8 could be spotted

The BMW Z8 and the old-timer Isetta are two cars we don#8217;t get to see very often. If the Z8 be spotted once in a while on the Isetta can only be seen in or vintage car shows. The first BMW appeared in 1955 and it was powered by one-cylinder, four-…, 247 cc engine making 13 hp

The BMW Isetta 250 started to become more popular and the car was also to take a modified version of the 4-… engine from the BMW motorcycle and the front suspension was The single-cylinder generated 12 hp at 5800 rpm. The crankcase and cylinder made of cast iron, the head of aluminium. However, the was rotated by 180 degrees compared the motorcycle engine.

The twin-bearing crankshaft was also in the Isetta power unit, larger and featuring reinforced

The power train from the gearbox to the two rear wheels was unusual: fixed to the gearbox drive was something called a disc . which was a cardan made of rubber. On the other of it was a cardan shaft, and finally a Hardy disc, which in was located at the entrance to a chain A duplex chain running in an oil led finally to a rigid shaft, at end of which were the two rear

Thanks to this elaborate transfer, the engine-gearbox unit was free of tension and well in its linkage to the rear axle.

300, the car featured in the photos by our friend Palbay, has seen improvements from the previous The bubble windows were by longer, slidding side and BMW had enlarged the single to a 72 mm bore and 73 mm which gave a displacement of 298 cc, and at the same time raised the compression ratio 6.8 to 7.0:1.

In this way the engine now generated (10 kW) at 5200 rpm, and the torque rose to at 4600 rpm. The maximum speed at 85 km/h (53 mph). Isetta 300 was possible to be driven without a despite the fact that 1956 first-time drifvers had to the test for Class III if they to drive an automobile.

Also, to history books, the 250 cc engine did not for full tax discounts, so BMW moved the to 300 cc.


Now, let#8217;s talk a bit the beautiful, rare, head-turning BMW Z8. The roadster made its debut in and for its three years life there were 5,703 units Z8 was the production variant of the 1997 car, which was designed Fisker at BMW#8217;s Designworks in California.

The Z07 originally was designed as a styling intended to evoke and celebrate the 507.

The original Z07 had been with production in mind. But due to  laws and customer feedback changes were made for the model.

The windshield of the Z8 was extended and a larger front airdam was Both changes were to provide aerodynamic stability and a placid cockpit environment. The spoke steering wheel of the car was replaced by a three spoke

The hardtop was changed from a form with a tapering to a single dome with a convex backside. The concept#8217;s driver#8217;s side helmet was eliminated to allow easy of the power soft top.

At the Z8 was placed near high-end of lineup. The car had an all aluminum chassis and body and a 4.9 L (4941 cc) 32 valve V8, that 400 hp (294 kW) and 500 Nm (363 lb·ft). engine was built by the BMW M was shared with the E39 M5.

The engine was located behind the axle in order to provide the car 50/50 weight distribution. The claimed a 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62.5 time of 4.7 seconds, but faster were achieved by professional and car magazines. The usual stop on the top was present in the Z8 as well, 155 mph (249 km/h), but tuners were able to 186 mph (300 km/h) with an chip.

I won#8217;t get into details now, we#8217;ll those for a full review of the Z8, so I rather have you take a at the images that were by Palbay.

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