This tiny, ancient 1950s Beemer could be the only one of its kind in Australia.

And it goes under the hammer at Shannons next auction on September 23 in Melbourne.

The BMW 600 is a four-seater microcar that was produced from mid-1957 until November, 1959.

Partially based on the better-known BMW Isetta two-seater, it was BMW’s first, post-war four-seater economy car but unfortunately was not a success, and only 35,000 were built.

The BMW 600 was developed in response to a need by the German car maker to expand its model range but, lacking the resources to develop an all-new car and engine, the new 600 used the front suspension and front door of the Isetta.

A need to carry four people required a longer 1700mm frame, a different independent semi-trailing arm rear suspension (the first time BMW used this design), and a larger 582cc flat-twin engine from the R67 motorcycle/sidecar combination.

Mounted behind the rear wheels, the engine developed 14.5kW at 4500rpm and was mated to a four-speed manual gearbox, giving it a top speed of around 100km/h.

The 600’s body featured a front door for driver and front passenger access, plus a conventional right side door for rear bench seat access.

It’s left-hand drive, and in excellent condition inside and out, as is the exterior chrome and stainless trim.

Finished in an attractive cream over bright red, the colour-scheme is repeated inside with red cloth seats trimmed with contrasting cream vinyl sections.

Well cared for and presented, it has BMW Club history and while it was previously on full Queensland registration, it is being offered for sale unregistered.

It’s expected to sell in the $45,000 – $55,000 range.

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Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.