The Adorable Microcars
Like a Pixar movie geared for kids, microcars are cute and adorable. How could you now think so? Most of them have less than a 1000cc engine and one or two doors. Many have only three wheels and are 9 ft. or less in length. Their interior space is 85 cubic feet or less. Their top speed is less than 75 mph.
These cars are urban vehicles, not really made for the highway due to their feather-like weight. They began in the 1950's and the current popular one is the Smart Fortwo, a two seater, like most are. But it is the older ones that have the more adorable personalities, the ones from the 50's and 60's. The 1959 Messerschmitt KR200, 1961 BMW Isetta 300, the 1972 Bond Bug 700E are favorites.
The Isetta was very popular in Italy in the 1960's, its iconic symbol for a car is that the entire front of the car opens up so the driver can get in. The Zundapp Janus was a doubled ended car that faced both ways and when the seats folded down, was a bed. The 1966 Peel Trident was like a car from the "Jetsons" cartoon complete with a bubble clear top that could cook a chicken if left in the sun in an hour.
What are these 1-2 cylinder cars worth now? Anywhere between $30000 to $80000.
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