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King Midget Roadster- 1963

King Midget Roadster- 1963

This tiny microcar, designed and built by airplane pilots Claude Cry and Cale Orcutt, was one of the most successful microcars. The first model was produced in 1947 and resembled a racing car. The example you see here is the more angular third series. It offers a practical 2-seater roadster body made of metal. This vehicle could be purchased fully assembled or as a kit. Doors were optional. This model was very successful and helped total Midget sales climb to over 5,000 cars. By 1967, sales of King Midgets began to decline with the introduction of practical economy cars like the Volkswagen Beetle. After a devastating fire, the company closed it doors in 1969. This very successful microcar was continually manufactured for nearly a quarter of a century. Local car enthusiast Bill Minor built the 2 seater, fiberglass boat and trailer.



  • Manufacturer: Midget Motors Manufacturing
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Engine: 1 cylinder, 476cc, 12 hp
  • Top Speed: 50 miles per hour
  • Years of Production: 1958-1969
  • Original Cost: $1,000

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