BODY MODIFICATIONS: Notice front wheel openings (flared to accommodate larger, wider tires), custom front spoiler, Honda Coupe rear roof line, VW Bus side scoops, blanked-in sunroof opening, louvered rear panel, shaved door handle, turn signals, bumpers & bumperettes, trick gas filller and the custom rear grille to house a custom-fabricated light bar powered by Mercury Cougar style aftermarket sequential flasher LED unit.
There will be a glass sunroof in the rear deck (behind the seats), looking down into the engine compartment, which will host a dazzling display of neon and strobe lighting effects. When I "light it up" you will be able to see the smoke strobing over the rear tire through the sunroof.
Body tilts forward to access mechanicals, accomplished by a set of gas charged struts and a radio controlled (RC) hand held remote unit and the side scoops provide ventilation to oil cooler and radiator mounted behind them.
FIT & FINISH: Paint will be Taxi Cab Yellow with a Black & White (almost psychedelic) checkered stripe around the body and a few tasteful pinstripes will accent certain features, trim will be black chrome and glass will be smoked.There will be a cab light on the roof and a meter inside and a cabby's uniform for the driver and the license plate will say "TAXETTA".
MECHANICALS: Motor will be a 3 cylinder 750 cc BMW K-Bike unit (80 HP) mounted transversely and mated to a single ultra-wide 13 inch "Indy" car style custom made Centerline rear wheel and fat, low profile tire by a 4" belt drive and custom machined billet aluminum rear sprocket. Rear suspension is a custom fabricated motorcycle style swing arm with coil-over shocks and the rear brake system will consist of an oversized drilled disc with twin calipers. Front brakes are late model Honda (wider shoes for more stopping power), custom designed Centerline wheels.
Mechanicals will be show-quality chromed, polished, powder coated or painted (yellow with black and white "splatter" accent areas), fasteners will be stainless steel polished Allen head bolts, brake and fuel lines will be braided stainless steel with black anodized fittings.
INTERIOR FEATURES: Black carpets & upholstery with yellow piping & accents, digital instruments, "thumper" stereo, custom shifter and black leather steering wheel. There will also be many small custom pieces which will also be chromed, polished, powder coated or painted...
SAFETY FEATURES: Powder coated and fully padded roll cage, quick disconnect eletrical system, automatic fuel shut off switch, full fire suppression system and 5 point harness seat belts.
A FAMILY AFFAIR: My dad bought one of these brand new in early 1958 and over the next 10 years or so, he put 1100 miles on it. He had promised it to me but sold it to someone else for only $300 in 1968. I bet that guy is still laughing (I was certainly not amused) and I spent another 20 years looking for one. Originally, these cars weighed in at 720 lbs with a 1 cylinder, 298 cc, 13 HP motor which gave them a top speed of 55 MPH and 60 MPG but at a slightly higher total weight of 900 pounds and appreciably more horsepower, Taxetta will eat Corvettes.
And now I own The World's Most Radical BMW Isetta!
Notice license plate, custom louvers (which I'll shave)...