Most car enthusiasts associate the microcar phenomenon—tiny, barely practical automobiles powered by small motorcycle or scooter engines—with postwar Europe. After much of the industrial capacity of continental Europe and the UK was bombed into rubble, materials for manufacturing civilian goods were in short supply. People were willing to drive just about anything that propelled them faster than their own two feet, no matter how diminutive the vehicle. Surprisingly, one of the most successful microcars was an all-American product: the King Midget. Fans of WWII-era vehicles might call Crosleys microcars, but they technically predate the microcar era; to begin with, they were in production before the war.
1957-'69 King Midget Model 3
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The 1946–70 King Midget packed lawnmower power and shrimp-sized charm
King Midget is an exceptional automobile. Many people still believe it is. These people, and countless others, helped King Midget establish an important and significant niche in the annals of automobile history. The automobile celebrated its 65th birthday in
Although the company started out by offering a kit to build the car, they soon added completely assembled cars and later only offered completed cars. By , they began to use the name Midget Motors Manufacturing Co. Midget Motors' primary methods of advertising their cars were through small advertisements in popular magazines that appealed to home mechanics. The ads were tiny but effective; they showed a midget car and some earlier ads contained the phrase " lb.