Recycled Hawtness: BASF Restomods an Isetta Microcar


German auto supplier BASF decided its easy-on paint colors, interior material products, and general super-awesomeness weren’t getting enough play in the media. As most suppliers do when faced with a similar obstacle, BASF decided to build a project car- and what a car! Meet the BASF MySetta, based on a 1958 BMW Isetta bubble-car and packed with so much win you’d think the car’s builders broke physics.

Starting from that basic 1958 Isetta, the BASF team restored the chassis and body before covering the bodywork in a few layer’s of BASF’s high-tech “Glasurit 90” waterborne paint line. The paint is more environmentally friendly than conventional automotive paints, and the colors- “Big White” and “metallic Bluetta” were created specifically for the MySetta project. Inside, the MySetta uses a number of BASF automotive materials to create an environment that’s a lot more comfortable (if not more roomy) than the bench seat and transistor (?) radio found in the 1958 Isetta.

BASF didn’t mention any specific engine mods, but the restored Isetta is good for between 50 and 70 MPG in real-world driving, depending on what article you believe- making it about as fuel-efficient as a new Smart car, but slightly more cool, and without that God-awful Smart semi-automatic transmission (objectively the worst thing about any car, ever).

You can check out a few pictures of the BASF MySetta below, and let us know what you think of it in the comment at the bottom of this page. Enjoy!


Sources | Photos: BASF, via Car Design News, Gizmag.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.