• Aug 8, 2006


Browsing the inventory of The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum, we ran across this little beast. Based on BMW's Isetta 3-wheeler, a car barely able to get out of its own way, Weiner's Isetta "Whatta Drag" is, um, considerably quicker than the original model.

A case of life imitating art (or in this case, imitating toys), the Isetta thrill-ride is inspired by a Hot Wheels toy of the same name. Powered by a blown Chevy 502 cubic inch V8 putting out an estimated 730 hp, and weighing all of 1520 lb., we can assume that the demon Isetta has inspiring acceleration capabilities. Although the museum doesn't cite performance figures for the car, it's described as "very very fast" and "very very loud," and we believe it. Top speed is listed as "unknown," which could well mean that the museum has yet to find anyone willing to fully explore the car's performance envelope.

The Whatta Drag Isetta is described as able to "smoke any other microcar out there," and we don't doubt it for a moment. And with 730 hp driving just one 285/35 rear tire, we're betting that "smoke" would be the operative word... And of course, where there's smoke there's fire - the car is fitted with a switch that lets the driver throw flames out about 4 feet on each side.

More pics after the jump! Follow the link to browse the museum's collection - it's an amazing place.

[Source: The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I never knew there was a 'real' WhattaDrag! This is one of my favorite HotWheels and never knew there was a 1:1 version.

      • 8 Years Ago
      That's definitely the Urkel car!
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Isetta's had 4 wheels. The two in the rear were only about a foot apart. When I was a kid people used to put built VW engines and trannys in them. They were pretty fast then.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wouldn't the torque on the crankshaft just knock this thing right on it's side if you really opened the throttle up?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I give up... WHERE, exactly is this museum? Somewhere in America? Could you guys try to be a little less cute and a tad more journalistic, okay?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Madison , Ga.