About four-fifths through the previous Century, a category of car that had lain dormant for a while suddenly went through a renaissance. The microcar. There were many reasons that people should be tempted by a tiny, lightweight, basic car – cost savings to the driver, reduced environmental impact and the smug feeling of grabbing that hard-to-use last parking space.
We’ve all heard of the most popular microcars – the KV MINI naturally leaps to mind, but others are a little more obscure. If Mr Hollis Danley is in da house, smash him a high five for unearthing this buried gem from the vermont Craigslist. It’s a Cub Commuter. Of course it is.
Here’s the Craigslist Ad in image form, lest it crash and disappear under the sheer weight of interest it generates.
Those who wish to respond to the advert (and why wouldn’t you?) can link to it here. Better act quickly! $1,800 takes both!
I’ll only give a brief synopsis of the Cub Commuter because I can already hear Friend Of Hooniverse Mike Harrell warming his keyboard up ready to fill the blanks. It was made in Taiwan (“get right out of town!”) and sold by a concern named Convenient Machines Inc, as a US exclusive. Apparently. It had three wheels, a 400cc single-cylinder engine, and space for two.
There were two doors and a hatchback, and evidently, 50mph was possible. I’d have thought it would be terrifying, but Microcar Museum reckons it was offered as the “ultimate in driveability and convenience“.
I find its looks even more fascinating than its period political bumper sticker. There is a resemblance to certain other, rather more conventional vehicles, presumably in a bid by Taiwan to make it look like a ‘real’ car.
Like the AMC pacer, which the hatchback and wrap-around rear glass has more than a hint of, though the extremely generous could say that the Porsche 928 had similar features. And then, if you look at the swept back b-post and the profile of the rear glass – are there tiny flavours of Mitsubishi Starion there?
Am I on drugs? Decide for yourselves in the comments section.
(All images remain copyright property of the vendor, or Craigslist, I never can remember which. Hat tip to Hollis Danley!)