From 1957 through 1970 Autobianchi used the Fiat 500 platform to build a cool looking minicar called the Bianchina, which I’ve been told is Italian for “makes the driver look huge.” And the truth is, you don’t need to be Kareem Abdul Jabar to look huge next to a car with a 72 inch wheel base and a 117 inch total length…in fact, Paula Abdul would look like a giant next to this thing. Which is, apparently, the appeal of the microcar, drive something tiny so you feel like a giant, I wonder if I could buy this with my HFSA money and claim it is a form of therapy? Find this 1965 Autobianchi Bianchina offered for $19,500 in Georgetown, TX via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
This next car might be right for you, if you’ve ever thought that you needed a car in your life that needs a bike lock to be used as an anti-theft device. Or maybe you enjoy the thrill of 25 miles-per-hour with your foot to the floor as you are passed by kids on powered electric bikes (those things are a menace on the sidewalks of beach communities these days!). But if you are in the market for a micro-car — it don’t get much cheaper than this. Find this 1987 Cushman Vanster offered for $800 in San Francisco, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
If you are looking for a car that has the styling of a 3/4 scale VW Thing, the convenience of a canvas top, and power from an OG Fiat 500…there is only one answer. The Fiat 500 Minimaxi by Moretti. Sure, the name is a mouthful, but this car has the chops to hang with a Citroën Méhari or Mini Moke…and that is saying something. Find this 1977 Fiat 500 Minimaxi by Moretti offered for $13,700 buy-it-now or make-offer located in Miami, FL.
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The Mitsubishi Minica was a kei car built by Mitsubishi Motors from 1962 through 2011, but you don’t see many on this side of the world. That is a darn shame, but this Dangan ZZ spec’d example will fix your kei-car woes with dose of 660cc engine and turbo power. Find this 1992 Mitsubishi Minica Dangan ZZ […]
The Dyna-Mite was a small articulating 4X4 built by Dynaco out of Tucson, AZ for farm and industrial uses. Find this 1962 Dyna-Mite offered for $1,500 in Homer, AK. Tip from Zach. The seller claims these little things were sold to the military in Panama under the name of “Sadie” to be used as a Swamp […]
The Honda N600 is a diminutive front drive subcompact, essentially a larger engined version of a Japanese Kei Car built for export to places where a 360cc engine simply wasn’t acceptable. It was still a slow little car, and has the dubious honor of being the first Honda car ever imported to the US market, […]
The Suzuki Alto was a stripped down Kei car for Japanese city use, but the Works RS-X version added a turbocharger and all-wheel-drive to up the fun factor to 11. This next Alto is a real traffic stopper and the car from behind the scenes of this week’s What Am I? Find this 1987 Suzuki […]
After Germany’s second failed attempt to take over the world in 25 years, the post WWII German industrial machine was saddled with a number of restrictions. Messerschmitt found themselves a warplane company that was not allowed to build warplanes, so they did the next best thing and built tiny three wheeled Kabinenrollers (German for scooter […]
How much more Idaho can you get than a small town named Salmon with a population of 3,112? Perhaps a town named Potato or Spud could be even more descriptive of the 14th largest and 39th most populous state in the Union, but today’s feature has floated a long way from home. Find this 1991 […]