Posts Tagged ‘microcar’

Microcar Face-Off – 1969 Subaru 360 vs. 2005 Smart Fortwo Passion

December 24, 2015

When we think of the “golden age” of the micro car, it’s likely the 1950s and 1960s come to mind. For North American purposes, the thread of the microcar pretty much ran out once the safety bar was raised in the early 1970s, struggling on in the form of oddball electric cars like the Citicar and Zagato Elcar. In 2008, though, Smart put an end to that dry spell by bringing its Fortwo coupe to the market. Interestingly, the Fortwo and Subaru have as much in common as they do differences – quirky styling? Check. Small dimensions? Check. Good fuel economy? Check. Rear engine? Check. Speaking of checking, check out this 1969 Subaru 360 for sale for $3900 in Forest Grove, OR.

1969 Subaru 360 left side


Big and Little – 1963 Midget Motors King Midget Model III

June 7, 2014

With the microcar craze being what it is, any sane person who can’t decide between a scooter and a car (wait, what?) would be at a loss as to what to do. Fortunately, you are sane enough to have found this posting, where we have uncovered for you the affordable microcar. Plexiglass canopy? Motorcycle-derived engine? Three-figure top speed? Designed by pre-war auto industry luminaries? Who needs all that nonsense! With some diligence, you can find something like this King Midget Model III this King Midget Model III, for sale for $1950 in Campbell, CA.

1963 King Midget III right rear


The Un-Mini – 1972 Honda AZ600

May 2, 2014

Honda S600 and S800 cars are no longer in the affordable range, if they ever were. Neither are original Minis. But if you look around at alternatives to either of those (and who is really cross-shopping both those cars?) a sort of mash-up of those cars can be found in the Honda N600 and Z600 series of cars. And while they’ve started moving up in price as well, occasionally there’s a deal to be had. It appears today’s car is one of those deals – check out this 1972 Honda AZ600 for sale for $3500 in Anaheim, CA.

1972 Honda AZ600 left front