There are many things that make the Isetta distinctive as a car. It has a one-cylinder motorcycle engine and is even smaller than an original Austin Mini and the Citroen 2CV. However, those cars, like most real passenger cars, at least two doors. The thing that most people remember about the Isetta 300 is that it’s a “one door” model and that one door swings forward from the front of the car. The steering apparatus is articulated to allow it. You open the door, sit down and then close the door in front of you, bringing the steering wheel into reach. It also, obviously, brings the bumpers and fenders of cars that are crashing into you within close reach as well. Crash zone? A split-window VW Bus has better passive safety.
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