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Hooniverse Weekend Edition – Isetta Copter Owner contacts Hooniverse

Jim Brennan January 8, 2011 Friends of Hooniverse, Weekend Edition 22 Comments

We have the best people reading Hooniverse, and as proof, the Isetta Copter Owner sent an e-mail right after we highlighted his car (for a second time). The owner of this unique car is Dave Major from Kansas, and this is just one of his unique Isettas. Make the jump to see what else he owns.


Dave sent us an e-mail right after the new year, with a few images of his other vehicles. Here is what he had to say:

Hi Hooniverse, It was great to see my Isetta Copter on your page. Thanks.

I worked on it for about a year after buying the 1958 BMW Isetta from a friend at Church for $500. The car had no engine or windows but I bought another rough Isetta that donated these parts. It took four trips to the Kansas DMV to get it tagged. The tail is fiberglass & can be removed if I decide to go back to the original Isetta. I painted the car myself & was happy with the results. I made a face on the front just for fun.

This is my third art car using the little BMWs that open in the front. I’m attaching a photo of all 3 with the Piper Cherokee that I flew for 25 years. I’m a pilot so always use an aviation theme. I now have BMWs with propellers on the front , rear and top.

My most unique Isetta is the light blue one with the prop in the rear. I bought this car on Ebay for $400 & all that was there was the body, no frame, no wheels and no engine. The original engines are very scarce so I ended up mounting a six cylinder Lycoming airplane engine behind the body. The 435 cid engine turns a 6 foot air boat prop that actually propels the car. We parade the car on 3 wheels in the Summer but use 3 skies in the Winter to go on ice & snow.

Thanks Dave, and welcome to the family of Hoons here at Hooniverse. So, what do you think of Dave’s collection?

  • It was fun seeing the 600 at the 2009 Seattle Art Car Blowout (part of the Fremont Fair), but I must admit what I'd really like to see some day is that Lycoming-powered Isetta.

  • hglaber

    I'm afraid I'm going to have to insist that Mr. Major immediately post a long, detailed video (WITH SOUND) of that schneemobile in action.

    • Dave

      Here is a video taken in Seattle as I gave a ride to a friend & His dog Ruby.
      We were there to take part in "The Seattle Art Car Blowout" one of our favorite events.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7h97PfqXl8&fe

      • Ah, you brought it here and I missed it. Any chance you'll be bringing it for another appearance?

        • Dave

          I doubt that we will bring our Isetta snow plane back to Seattle.
          The Isetta Copter is next in line for the SACBO.

  • Here are a couple of photos of an Isetta at Monterey with M Motorsport livery:
    http://karakullake.blogspot.com/2010/08/2010-lagu

    • There is always good stuff on his website. Right now he is relating his trip through south america last month, complete with plenty of car, truck and even bus images. Definitely worth a look.

  • Van Sarockin

    Outstanding!

    Let's just pause for a moment and ponder this: 435. Lycoming. Isetta. Aircar.

  • 98horn

    Awesome

  • RSDeuce

    What a weird guy.

    I love it. Awesome stuff….

    I also require video of the car on skis… How fast does it get to?

    • Dave

      Top speed on skis is 120 MPH. This was on a big lake in Northern MI.
      It has an aircraft speedometer that works with a pitot tube to measure speed.

      On wheels I hold it down to 40 mph. since there are usually people around & the prop wash causes trouble.
      Mostly we drive it in parades at about 5 mph.

  • facelvega

    First contender for the 2011 HCOTY? I can see it now, a blizzard of people from the (snow)drift car forums will come here to white us out.

    • Number_Six

      Definitely an early contender.

  • Joe Dunlap

    Definately a Hoon of the 33 realm, or circle, or whatever you want to call it. Dave, just keep on keepin' on, brother!

  • Nice stuff Dave…Did you ignore the advice listed on the sign in the first image when coming up with these designs?

    • Dave

      Yes , I always park on the grass if possible! HA

  • Someone get him an Intensedebate account!

  • Mwahahahah! Can't wait to meet Dave in the spring!

  • Mina

    Funtastic!!! The sound of the blades just makes me want to jump in and take a ride!!!