Dreams of building small cars for Americans were nearly perennial, with few being discouraged by the lack of success of American Austin and others.
Best known was Powel Crosley's Crosley built from 1939 to 1952, but even the Crosley, despite the considerable heft and financial resources of Crosley's radio business, failed to capture the imagination of Americans sufficiently to make it a commercial success.
One venture that did succeed, though, was the King Midget. In a transportation-starved America after WWII, Claud Dry and Dale Orcutt introduced a bare-bones, build it yourself, utility vehicle. Their customers could buy the plans and a few specialized pieces, a more complete kit or even an assembled King Midget.
Flat panels made construction simple. Power came from readily available one- and two-cylinder utility engines. Dry and Orcutt had no grandiose dreams of challenging Ford and kept churning out King Midgets for hobbyists, farmers, ranchers and landscapers, foreshadowing the recent success of 4-wheel ATVs.
This 1967 King Midget is a fully-restored example in concours condition. It is show quality in every respect. Finished in Turquoise with cream vinyl upholstery and a matching top, it has whitewall tires, wheel covers, vinyl-covered rear mounted spare, rear fender skirts, front and rear bumpers and dual outside mirrors.
For safe and enjoyable driving in today's conditions it has been upgraded to an eighteen horsepower Briggs & Stratton V-twin engine with single speed drive through a centrifugal clutch and it has 4-wheel hydraulic brakes. 18 horsepower is 50% more than the most powerful King Midget built by Midget Motors.
There is absolutely no better King Midget in the world than this, and it is particularly attractive given recent attention to, and events for, microcars.
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