Micro Cars

Stored For 63 Years! 1960 Renault 4CV

I always describe my automotive taste as eclectic. I am drawn to classic muscle and pony cars, while I respect traditional luxury vehicles and European exotics. However, small cars are undeniably attractive, especially when they are original and unrestored…. more»

Subaru EV: 1981 Jet Industries Electra-Van 600

I always think of Stevie Ray Vaughan when I think of Austin, Texas, and when I’m there I always visit the SRV statue on the banks of the river. One thing I rarely think of when I think of… more»

Bubble Car: 1958 BMW Isetta Moto Coupé Deluxe

The Isetta was an unusual microcar built mostly by BMW in the 1950s. Designed in Italy, the egg-shaped automobile was produced under license in a variety of countries, including Germany. It became known as the “bubble car” for its… more»

Can It Be Saved? 1962 DKW Junior Deluxe

The 1950s were awash in three-cylinder cars. For instance, the Wartburg 311 hid a 0.9 liter in-line three in its engine compartment. Ditto several contemporaneous Saabs. The Berkeley SE492 of course. The Polish FSO Syrena. And over in Germany,… more»

BF Auction: 1957 Victoria 250

During the mid-1950s, it seemed like American auto manufacturers were competing to see who could build the biggest car, while over in Europe, it was a race to build the smallest! Microcars were a hot market during the ’50s,… more»

Rare Variant: 1969 Subaru 360 Young S

“The modest and unique body styling of the Subaru 360 has remained unchanged from the beginning . . . ever since 1958 when the Subaru 360 appeared on the market. It’s because we couldn’t find a good reason for… more»

Nice Driver: 1951 Crosley Super Sports

The seller has done an incredible amount of work and spent lots of money on this 1951 Crosley Super Sports and he needs the shop space back, so it’s now for sale. For almost anyone looking for a fun… more»

Runs And Drives: 1972 Honda Z600

Finding a 1972 Honda Z600 today is a pretty rare occurrence. But what if you ran across two of them in the same week painted in the same color? That’s the case here when two of our readers turned… more»

1 of 30 Made? 1970 Subaru 360 Yacht

When I think of muscle cars, my mind automatically goes to the Hemi Cuda. Maybe because my best friend in school had a ’73 Barracuda and the Hemi Cuda was always a car we wanted to own. Exotics? The… more»

94K Miles? 1959 King Midget Model 3

I’m a huge fan of these small cars in the first place, but the thought of someone driving a King Midget for 90,000+ miles was pretty shocking. The seller says that this one has 94,000 miles, but I believe… more»

Bubble Car Survivor: 1957 BMW Isetta 300

Like Triumph’s Amphicar and Fiat’s Jolly, the BMW Isetta has a “coin of the realm” quality when it shows up at auctions. Once parked on the lawn at Bonham’s or Gooding, these cars are almost guaranteed to bring three… more»

Rare Beach Runabout: 1968 Fiat 500 Jolly

The Fiat 500 was one of the Italian manufacturer’s most successful products in the decades following World War II. Various incarnations were built and perhaps the most interesting was the Jolly. It was a low-production runabout with no doors… more»

Mid-Engine Gullwing: 1993 Autozam AZ-1

No matter the size of the vehicle, the horsepower, or the value, there aren’t many features that will gather a crowd like having a set of gullwing doors open while you’re getting gas or at a car show. This… more»

Rare Micro Car: 1952 Mochet CM 125 Grand Luxe

When I hear “grand luxe”, I translate it roughly as “large, luxury, top shelf”. But Frenchman Georges Mochet – who inherited his father Charles’ cyclecar business – thought differently about these things. He had evolved the business away from… more»

Go-Kart Fun: 1958 Berkeley SE328

I could recount the entire history of the Berkeley Coachworks Company (headquarters: Biggleswade, England) – first using its expertise molding caravans from what we now call fiberglass, to making tiny sports cars that a few crazy people tried to… more»

English-Built Barn Find! 1959 Nash Metropolitan

The Metropolitan was designed in the U.S. but built in England for U.S. buyers. That was the first time that happened with a car sold on these shores. Sold between 1953 and 1961, they could be found at Nash… more»

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