For many years Midget Motors Corporation was the 6th largest automobile manufacturer in the U. At the time when large manufacturers were introducing automatic transmissions to the public, the King Midget featuring its very own uniquely designed automatic transmission, making it very special. Featuring incomparable fuel economy, light years ahead of its competitors, Midget Motors use of aircraft lightening techniques and unit body construction resulted in a super strong, yet light vehicle. The King Midget was developed and sold as a single passenger kit car in which any single cylinder engine could be installed. The Model 1 was offered from the factory as either a kit or a completely assembled car with a 6 HP Wisconsin engine in the late s until
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Of all the auto manufacturers that were still in business at the dawn of s, few would think that Midget Motors was one of them. Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and so did the production of these cute little motorcars. These tiny roadsters are fun! They were built by Midget Motors of Athens, Ohio, an interesting little firm that ended up being the longest surviving of the pocket-edition car companies which sprang up after WWII. Midget Motors advertised primarily in Popular Science and Popular Mechanics magazines, usually with a tiny ad nestled way in the back pages among the ads for power tools and build-it-yourself radio sets. Demand was fairly steady and the company was generally profitable. Midget Motors survived for some 20 years before selling out in to an investment group.
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After mentioning King Midgets in a post last week, I became curious about where exactly in Athens, Ohio, they were built. Using profits from an earlier aviation venture, Dry bought the above building at Richland Avenue , south of town. The building had once been a neighborhood grocery store, and Orcutt often stayed in an apartment attached to the building. It was here that their surplus parts venture evolved into scooter production, which later evolved into production of the King Midget Model 1. A good move, because Tom McCahill came into town in , and his subsequent review of the King Midget caused an explosion of demand.
King Midget is an exceptional automobile. Many people still believe it is. These people, and countless others, helped King Midget establish an important and significant niche in the annals of automobile history. The automobile celebrated its 65th birthday in Among all automobiles ever manufactured, throughout the world, King Midget holds one untouchable record.