When you dig deep into the shadier corners of Craigslist you are bound to find some strange shadows of the past. Even those of us who are confessed car nerds could be excused to have never heard of a King Midget.
[Source: Austin Craigslist | Thanks for the tip Shawn!]
Note: this was written by Wayne Moyer. Oddly, his Hoon author profile does not exist anymore. I’ll have the chief blooger look into that. -KK
Normal people will see a listing for a King Midget and assume its a typo or someone attempting to be funny. The truth is actually a bit stranger. King Midget was an American manufacturer of kit cars from nineteen forty-eight through the early nineteen sixties. Although you would be hard pressed to find someone who thought this was a good idea. Sure there was a need for basic transportation but at this point you might as well walk. For half the price of a Rambler in 1963 you got one third the car and you still had to build it yourself.
Originally equipped with a nine-horsepower engine, our intrepid Midget owner did a Hoon worthy upgrade in power by doubling it to a whopping 18 Honda horses. Think of the high performance that this microcar is now capable of. Now you can finally out drag every Triumph Mayflower you meet.
Our owner wasn’t done at the muscle car modification and next gave the little car some class with some Cadillac taillights. Claimed to have gone through a full reproduction the seller next asks you why you wouldn’t get this over a motorscooter. Well first I don’t know of anyone that has used the term motorscooter since this car was built. Next the listed price of $5,995 will get you a pretty decent scooter with nearly double the fuel mileage and likely more storage. Still, if it rains the scooter is far less useful.
So the bigger issue is that someone like me would own this little car in less than a heartbeat. I would teach my kids to drive it around the col-de-sac with a smile on my face. Then head into town and not care that I had a train of cars a mile long behind me. Sure in the end King Midget may not be a name people know but does it matter when you own something this cool. This defines retro and odd at the same time.