Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Cork BMW Isetta

A Classic with a Complex Bouquet

From The Kansas City Star
By Tom Strongman

Tiny cars have intrigued Duane Saunders since he first saw a BMW Isetta at Fort Sill, Okla., in 1963. Saunders, from Downs, Kan., was in the Army after graduating from K-State in 1961.

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Saunders was a physical therapist, and he lived in Great Bend until 1981, when he moved to Prior Lake, a suburb of Minneapolis, because his wife was from Minnesota. He had several clinics and 17 patents on sports medicine equipment.

One of his most famous items was the Saunders S’port All, a back support combined with compression shorts which was popularized by pro golfer Payne Stewart.

In 2007, Saunders sold his company, and his daughter said he needed something to fill his time in retirement, so he wouldn’t get bored.

He decided to tinker with tiny cars again, and he bought a Subaru 360. That led to the purchase of several BMW Isettas in both 300 and 600 configurations ... [continued]

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