Shed Find: 1961 King Midget


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When a car is this small, you don’t need a barn for storage–a shed will do! This tiny King Midget shows less than 5,000 miles from new, and for once I’m pretty sure the odometer hasn’t flipped! Unfortunately, time hasn’t been kind to the little car and the floors are completely gone. Most of the rest of the body looks solid enough to work with, and as long as you weren’t a stickler for originality, it wouldn’t take much to fabricate flat floor panels. The original engine is included, but the seller details plans to use a larger, more powerful engine and an ATV transaxle to make the car a little faster. Robert R was kind enough to send us this find, which is located in Canton, New York and is for sale here on eBay. The buy-it-now price is $1,500, but lower offers are being considered.

Rear wheels and tires will have to be sourced (I think I’d go for all four tires) but there seems to be an active club and a parts vendor list. Restored cars seem to be all over the board price-wise, but are going as high as $8,000. Do you think this one is worth saving?

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  1. Mark E

    I bet Crosley owners swell with pride when one of these park next to them at a car show…not many cars make a Crosley look big! ^_^

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  2. Dave Wright

    I remember these being advertised in Popular Mechanics when new…….a mail order car!!!!! They are very simple, there probably is some upside to this one at 1500.00.. ………you could probably find a Shriner that would love it.

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  3. francisco

    Love that Wisconsin engine. I had one on a commercial mower years ago. It ran and ran forever. It’s probably still running today. Wisconsin factory moved to Italy, I believe.

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  4. jim s

    just saw one of these at a car show today. i like them but if i was going to own a midget it would be a MG or oval track racer.

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