King Midget
1946-1966

Back before seat belts and air bags...  Before fuel economy standards...  Before front and rear impact standards...  Even before they had to have doors...  Anyone could build a motorized vehicle and market it as a car.  The King Midget was one such venture.

The King Midget was a minimalist car, at best.  Although their owners might not agree, the King Midget architecture is pretty much the same as today's street-legal golf carts, right down to the lawn-mower engine used for propulsion.  There were many variations, and customizations, and home-built bodies through the years, but factory cars comprised three 'generations.'

The first model (1946 to 1950) was a single-seater model, visually similar to the pre-WWII Indy cars.

(Don't get me wrong: I know this was a toy car.  The visual similarity to Indy cars was referring to an un-fendered wheel at each corner of the vehicle, and a high, single-person wide structure for the driver and drive train.)

The second model (1951 to 1956) was widened to a two-seater, and a fabric convertible roof and fenders were added.
The third model (1957 to 1966) was redesigned to be visually similar to the Jeep line made famous in WWII.

Following are links for websites featuring the King Midget.

Homepage for The International King Midget Car Club Inc.

Article from the howstuffworks website.


This page was developed by Herb Klug       Updated October 2, 2019       Contact me at herbk98 @cfl.rr.com