STill not worth the money they're bringing these days. I'd rather enjoy a much more affordable MG Midget, which is also a much better driving/handling car if you want something tiny. For small car with performance, maybe even a Honda S2000. What are the really early CVCC's bringing these days?
Not to forget the Zündapp Janus with back to back seating 🙂 Designed by Claudius Dornier and named Janus for the Roman god who faced both ways. Google the images for this, they are fun to look at. When I was a child growing up countryside in Germany, some of these cars were still on the road. And as sad side note - an older grade school teacher of mine drowned in an Isetta after driving it head on into an irrigation ditch during a parking attempt, not being able to open the front door 😞
If you want to experience more Microcars, come to the Micro/Mini Car World Meet 2021 at the Gilmore Car Museum June 19, 2021. The last World Meet featured over 250 Micro and Mini cars. Leading up to the Meet, there is a five day, 500 mile tour of 5 great car museums road trip starting at the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville and ending in Kalamazoo. There is going to be a "Preview Event" in downtown Kalamazoo on Friday night. For all the details go to www.MicroCarMeet2021.com.
I can attest to the fun of owning a microcar. My car was a 1960 Goggomobil TS-400 coupe, which looked sorta like a shrunken Alfa Romeo Giulietta. Parts were remarkably easy to get (from Germany) and it was simple enough even for an inexperienced backyard mechanic. Pretty reliable too. And universally got smiles everywhere and conversations struck up wherever I drove.
A guy I knew in elementary school came into my uncle's gas station about 6 years later in the mid 60's. I happened to be there when he came in and he had one of the Issetas. He said it was great on gas, but the thing he hated was the 10 year old kids on bikes that would accelerate faster than him when a light would turn green. He weighed about 200 lbs
Back in the 60's my dad owned a Fiat 500 with suicide doors that you could fold flat against the body of the car (180 degree swing). I remember a lever between the seats that would actually start the motor.