It had no reverse gear or an electric starter, but for whatever reason a couple of ex-Civil Air Patrol pilots from Ohio thought people wanted a small and beyond-basic kit car called the King Midget. It might surprise you to learn that not many people wish to assemble their own cars after buying them. It might surprise you even more to learn that even those people who are willling to put their car together would still prefer that it wasn't a complete piece of crap when they finished assembling it. Introducing the King Midget, a kit car that was not only hilariously named and rediculously styled if you can call it that but was also almost unbelievably ill-suited to both the time and place it was made. There weren't a whole lot of new car models available in WW2 had only just ended and the facilities of nearly every automaker in the world had been converted to manufacture military equipment.
King Midget Roadster- 1963
King Midget Series I
The King Midget was a minimalist car if ever there was one: tiny, ultra-light, and powered by a one-cylinder engine. Though it never sold in large numbers, it fooled most everyone by surviving for two dozen years. There were good reasons for that longevity. They stared out at you from the back pages of those "Do-It Yourself" magazines, a tiny ad the size of a postage stamp, a grainy black-and-white picture of a minuscule car and an all-inclusive boast: "World's Most Exciting Lowest Priced Car. The founders of the enterprise were tinkerers, handymen, dreamers, and doers able to shape in metal what most men can barely shape in the mind. The buyers were hardy and individualistic, Like the cars themselves, and gloried in the economical operation and eccentricity of their vehicles. Not just any midget automobile, this one proclaimed itself "King Midget.
King Midget: The Micro-Car That Sold for $1 a Pound
We know the image many of you strive to achieve: arm on the sill, good tunes on the radio, sunglasses blocking the late afternoon sun, a lonely stretch of blacktop and the canvas top stowed safely under the boot. Oh, we know—you can see one of hundreds advertised anywhere, but finding a great deal on a domestic convertible is like finding a good slice of pizza—you just have to know where to look. Unlike their hardtop brethren, convertibles remain in a realm of higher demand, and the asking prices match the demand. Not exactly what you had in mind?
The King Midget for sale on eBay has solid sheet metal. Its interior looks to be complete and the canvas top is intact. Launched after World War II by civil air patrol pilot buddies Claud Dry and Dale Orcutt, the company got its start by producing tiny kit cars that required local sheet metal fabrication and assembly. Call it a clown car if you like, but the marvelous little roadster boasted big car technology like unit body construction and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. It was powered by a hard-working 9.