The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The microcar boom arrived after World War II, and gave us hundreds of beautiful little motors. These tiny cars provided the ultimate in personal transportation — but they also have oodles of personality. Check out the most adorable microcars of the 20th century.


Davis D-2 Divan, a two-door, three-wheeler sedan with a 47 hp four-cylinder engine. (it was later changed to a 63 hp four) 13 of them were built in 1948.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century


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An early, all-steel Mochet Type K, built by Charles Mochet in Puteaux, France, 1948

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

Champion CH-2, one of the two surviving examples of the 11 produced models in the Hermann Holbein Fahrzeugbau in Ulm, Germany, 1949

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The CH-2 was designed by Hermann Holbein, a former development engineer of BMW before WWII and an Albert Maier, an engineer of the gear-maker ZF Company in 1949.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

A Rolux Baby, one of the 400 built by Societé Rolux in Clermont-Ferrand, France between 1949 and 1954.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

An early cycle-car style vehicle of Reyonnah, a French automotive company produced 16 microcars between 1951 and 1954. The company was founded by Robert Hannoyer.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

It could tuck its wheels underneath for storage.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

Biscúter, one of the most popular cars in Spain during the 1950s. It was designed by Gabriel Voisin.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The name Biscúter (Biscooter) implied that it was about the size of two scooters. Several different bodystyles were produced.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

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Allard Clipper, an English 3-wheeler with a 347 cc engine, produced by Sydney Allard's Allard Motor Company, 1952

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

Only 2 are known to survive of the twenty produced cars.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

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A first-generation Messerschmitt Kabinenroller 175, produced in Regensburg, Germany, 1953

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

This 9ft 3 in long car with it s 175cc, 9hp engine is a perfect late-first-generation example of its kind.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

Velorex 16/175 and 16/350, two-seat cars designed for the disabled, produced from the early 1950s to 1971.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

These cars were built on a frame of welded steel tubing, covered with vinyl and artificial leather.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

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The Bond Minicar Mk C, produced by Sharp's Commercials in Preston, England, 1953

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

A Mochet CM-125 Grand Luxe, produced by Charles Mochet in Puteaux, France, 1953

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The 7 ft 9 in (236 cm) long IHLE Shottenring, built by Frank and Thomas Ihle in Bruchsal, Germany, 1954

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

A one-off microcar, built by M. Grataloup in France, 1955

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The car has a 247cc, 7.5 hp British Villiers MK IX engine from a BSA motorcycle produced in the late 1920s.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Alba Regia (left), designed by József Horváth and the Balaton (right), by József Zappel, Székesfehérvár, Hungary, 1955

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

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Both cars had aluminum bodies, airplane tail wheels, and 250-cc Pannonia motorbike engines. Géza Bengyel, who worked as a consultant there, was previously employed in the Csepel motorbike factory, where he had designed a unique sheet-framed bike with a torsion suspension. This layout was transferred to the Alba Regia. On the other hand, the Balaton's suspension arms were held by rubber tags. The doors of the two-plus-two Regia opened conventionally. The roof of the Balaton could be pushed backwards with a handle to get access to the cabin, just like in an airplane.

The engines were put in the rears of the cars. The idea of the gearbox was taken from the Isetta, the reverse gear from the Messerschmitt. For this, they added another flywheel to the engine. When the driver wanted to reverse, he stopped the engine, pushed a button, and the engine started turning backwards.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

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Eshelman Deluxe Adult Sport Car, manufactured by the Eshelman Motors Co., Baltimore, Maryland, 1956

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The car had a 8.5 hp air-cooled Briggs & Stratton engine, a single-speed belt drive and a centrifugal clutch.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The 10 ft 2 in (3.1 m) Fuldamobil S-6, built by Elektromaschinenbau Fulda GmbH in Fulda, Germany, 1956

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

A BMW Isetta 'Bubble Window' Cabrio, made in Munich, Germany, 1956, one of the 50 produced.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

A Biscuter 200-F Pegasin, designed by Gabriel Voisin, had a 197cc, 9 hp Hispano-Villiers engine, produced in 1957

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

Zündapp Janus, a fascinating microcar which had doors in the front and rear, too. It made by Zündapp in Germany between June 1957 and 1958.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

6,902 were made. The Janus had a mid-mounted 245cc (10 hp) engine that enabled a top speed of 50 mph (80 kmh).

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

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Brütsch Mopetta, a fiberglass-bodied and egg-shaped car with an average fuel consumption of 92 mpg, produced by Egon Brütsch

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

14 were built between 1956 and 1958.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

Maico 500, produced in Pfaffingen-Tübingen, Germany, 1958

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

6,301 were built of this four-seater with a 2-stroke, 452 cc, 18 hp engine.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

Frisky Family Three, a 9.5 hp, 197cc English microcar designed by Giovanni Michelotti from Vignale, manufactured by Frisky Cars Ltd., Wolverhampton, England, 1959

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

Goggomobil Dart, a roadster produced by the Buckel Motors Pty Ltd. in Sydney, Australia between 1959 and 1961.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

It was based on the German Goggomobil, but the Australians designed a fiberglass sports car body without doors and gave it a 300 cc or a 400 cc engine. Around 700 were sold.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

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A Scootacar Mk I, designed by Harry Brown, produced by Scootacars Ltd. in Leeds, England, 1959

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

A teardrop-like car designed by Paul Vallée, the founder of the legendary Écurie France racing team. About 200 of these streamlined miniature cars were produced with 125 and 175 cc engines.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

Fesztivál (means Festival), a one-off microcar, powered by a 300cc BMW Isetta engine and gullwing doors. It was designed by Kálmán Szabadi in 1960.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

Glass-reinforced plastic was not available, so Szabadi, together with his technical guru Dezső Olly, came up with a novel idea: a resin made out of pig's blood, chicken feathers and nitro shellac! It had quite a smell, but it worked.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The only surviving factory-built Isetta 300 pickup, built in England in 1961

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

This 295 cc, 13 hp SUV could carry up to 165 pounds, (75 kg) so it may be the only Isetta suitable for a day trip.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

Peel P-50, a three-wheeled microcar, measures just 54 inches by 41 inches (137 cm by 104.1 cm) and weighed 130 lb (59 kg), manufactured between 1962 and 1965 by Peel Engineering Co., Peel, Isle of Man.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Smallest Car Production Ever Built has a 49cc engine and uses only a gallon (3.78 l) of fuel on a 100-mile (160.9 km) trip.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

Peel Trident, introduced in 1964, powered by a 49 cc DKW moped motor, designed by Cyril Cannell.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The last six examples built in 1966 had a 98cc engine and an automatic belt transmission.

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century

Bonus: Mitsuoka Bubu 501, also known as the Honda Zoe, the Ultimate Car To Run Away From Angry Roller-Skating Ninjas

The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century


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