Created as a light delivery vehicle for tight spaces, the Midget was originally introduced in 1957 as a three-wheeled truck and enjoyed huge popularity among small businesses and delivery services all over Asia. This version, the Midget II, debuted in 1996 to meet modern standards for the same design ideals. At less than 9.5' long and barely over 4' wide, the Midget II fits easily into Japan's "kei class" and can park just about anywhere.
To maximize the usable space of the small design, the spare tire is mounted on the nose. They were available with open truck beds, enclosed van bodies, and with one or two seats. The cargo capacity is only 150kg (330 lbs.), but then the truck only weighs 1,257 lbs. by itself.
Although out of production, the Midget II enjoys a strong fan base in Japan, and there was even a racing series at one time.
Manufacturer: Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd
Country of Origin: Japan
Drivetrain Configuration: Mid engine, rear wheel drive
Engine: 660cc, 30.5hp, three cylinder, liquid cooled
Transmission: 4 speed manual
Top Speed: 70 miles per hour
Years of Production: 1996-2001
Number Produced: unknown
Original Cost: $5,600