How small can we go? When I first set foot on Canadian soil in 1963 cars were large, I mean really large. Even the small imports from Austin and Morris were large by today’s standards. The question is ,how small can we go? In the mid fifties during the Suez crisis, gas was in short supply in the UK. It spawned a rash of bubble cars to hit the market. Tiny cars like the Messerschmitt, which was barely a step up from a motorcycle, but with a weather projected cockpit. The two seater was in line not side by side. The BMW Issetta bubble car, it could squeeze three small people onto the one front seat. Safety was not a consideration in those days. As an example the Issetta had one door that opened the front of the car windshield and all. The tiny engine was in the rear, a head on collision would have been fatal. In fact, I think a collision from any direction would have been fatal in a bubble car. Strangely today these little vehicles demand large prices, that is if you can find one for sale. The Issetta sells in the range of $20,000 and the very rare Messerschmitt would cost even more. Today’s tiny cars are mostly hybrid or electric,The Smart car is probably the best known one and produced by Mercedes Benz. However, like most small cars on the market today they are not cheap and often not practical for the average family. So what is the answer? guess we will have to wait and see. I don’t believe electric is the answer, maybe hydrogen, maybe steam, then again maybe a bicycle???
Stay tuned, tomorrow’s blog will bring you the very latest in compact police cars. No room for donuts in these tiny vehicles!!!
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I have friends with Smart Cars and I was surprised at their capability. They do have some flaws (coolant leaks are disastrous) – but I can see the future there.
Thanks for sharing.
I think it was Jay Leno who said “How can a car called Smart look so Dumb”