Vintage Miniature Cars
When I first saw these photos, I’ve noticed that all owners of such automobiles have sincerely happy smiles on their faces. And the same happy smile have those who see them. Perhaps, you are also smiling right now, what is the most important. In addition, small cars have other advantages, and they are evident.
First of all, small cars are endlessly practical, often cute and mostly easy on your wallet. While you’d need to sacrifice much of your space and comforts, you’ll have a reward of being considered ecologically & street “smart”. Some of the models can go 40 km per liter (100 miles per gallon), which is advertised as “almost cheaper than walking”. If you live in the urban area, where parking space could cost you as much as $250,000 – these little critters may be just for you. They certainly speak to our sense of esthetic and evoke a strong desire to hug them and pat them on the back.
Isetta. The most easily recognizable of all “bubble cars” of the vintage era, the Isetta evokes the feelings of sophisticated European romance like no other small-budget car. It was seen in many movies of the era, and was quite popular for many years and earned many names. French called it “yogurt pot”, Germans “coffin on wheels” (apparently disdaining very little space inside), Italians “little eggs”. Originally designed in Italy, Isetta was made by various manufacturers, namely ISO, Velam and BMW.
In fact, the Fifties were the “boom” times for miniature cars. Many prototypes achieved mass production, but their popularity cooled off in the Sixties. Unfortunately, almost stopped in the Seventies, with compact Japanese imports effectively killing sub-compact market.