What It's Like To Drive A Car Made Of Styrofoam

I have a bit of a problem. The cars I often find most interesting are, at least on paper, the most awful ones. And of all the cars at the Detroit Auto Show, with its Ford GTs and NSXs and all that, and was smitted by this three-wheeled, 500 lb electric shoebox made of styrofoam. » 1/20/15 12:00pm 1/20/15 12:00pm

The Littlest (And Slowest) Bugatti

Today when we think of Bugatti, we probably think of a 1,000+ horsepower monster. The most expensive and maybe fastest car in the world. An engineering wonder. Or, maybe the classic Atlantique, or Bugatti race cars that today fetch the highest prices at the fanciest auctions. » 9/03/14 5:20pm 9/03/14 5:20pm

Goggomobil T300 Is A Rare And Tiny Find

Goggomobils were among the most popular of the variety of odd little vehicles built during the German microcar craze of the 50s and early 60s. While we would like to attribute this popularity to the fact they were sold with one of the coolest names ever given to an automobile, something tells us it took more than that… » 4/14/12 12:30pm 4/14/12 12:30pm

Trident micro car is the (most recent) one that got away

Finding affordable microcar projects like this Taylor Dunn Trident that sold on Ebay yesterday is a rare occurrence. Spending time lusting after obscure Ebay finds with regret after they have found a new home is unfortunately anything but a rare occurrence. » 3/20/11 4:00pm 3/20/11 4:00pm

Buy the "Cheap and Ugly" Subaru 360

When it came time to introduce the Subaru 360 to the American public in 1968, this set of commercials calling the car cheap and ugly was released. Neither the advertising campaign nor the Subaru 360 was particularly well received. » 1/22/11 9:00am 1/22/11 9:00am

Ever Heard Of The Peardrop?

We recently discovered this video of a British microcar going by the name "Peardrop," it seems like a proto-Peel, but we've never heard of or seen this particular deathtrap-on-wheels. Anyone know more? (Sorry about the hipsterish video editing) » 12/16/09 10:00am 12/16/09 10:00am

1958 BMW Isetta Convertible for an Eggcellent $39,650!

The old maxim admonishes you not to keep all your eggs in one basket. Today, Nice Price or Crack Pipe wants to know if that's still true if your basket happens to be an egg? » 8/04/09 7:00am 8/04/09 7:00am

Toyota iQ Spotted, Gary Sinise Hiding In Back Seat?

With gas prices the way they are, everyone's thinking about getting a car that's smart. But not everyone likes the Smart. So, for those seeking a Japanese alternative to Europe's favorite sub-subcompact, the super number one best awesome automaker from the Land of the Rising Sun has got just the car for you. These… » 6/09/08 1:20pm 6/09/08 1:20pm

Project Car Hell, 1958 Edition: Mercury Commuter or Vespa 400?

Yesterday's all-Corvette Choose Your Eternity poll resulted in the '68 just barely edging out the '69, no doubt due to the Jimi Hendrix connection. Now it's time to try a different type of theme; we haven't yet seen a selection of cars based on a model year alone, so today we're going with two vastly different- yet… » 2/14/08 5:00pm 2/14/08 5:00pm

Toyota iQ To Become Reality, Debut At Geneva Motor Show

Toyota is finally getting smart by getting Smart. The Toyota iQ Concept from Frankfurt will show up at the Geneva Motor Show as a fully capable production vehicle that will be a "break-through in compact urban transportation." And by a break-through they mean a Japanese version of the Smart (see the name). The last… » 2/13/08 10:00am 2/13/08 10:00am

DOTS Germany: Supermini Substop Delivery Truck

Job one when we made our way into Bamberg on the first day was to replace the anemic and poorly appointed Mercedes B-Class rental (seriously, how does that thing wear a star?) with a far more capable and comfortable Audi A4 mit 2.0 TDi. While we were on this mission, we came across this spectacular beauty. Making … » 12/24/07 3:30pm 12/24/07 3:30pm

Project Car Hell: Lotus Eclat or 3 Bianchis?

After a pair of close ones, we finally had a decisive victory in our last Choose Your Eternity poll, with the Taurus SHO using its Yamaha power to roar to victory over the SRT-Faux by a 70/30 margin. We're not surprised by that, but we don't have the foggiest idea who should be considered the favorite in today's… » 12/12/07 5:30pm 12/12/07 5:30pm

Chevy Set to Produce Beat Microcar

The votes are in, those who voted in the GM survey to pick the next microcar selected the Chevy Beat (pictured). I guess when you have a contest you shouldn't be surprised when the one you named Beat beats the competition. Out of 1.9 million votes this was the top selection, besting the Trax and the Groove. The Beat… » 11/14/07 2:15pm 11/14/07 2:15pm

What Might Have Been: Ford Fiesta Corrida

I picked up a copy of Let's Call It Fiesta at my local used bookstore the other day and found it a fairly interesting, if PR-esque, read. It turns out that Ford had an idea they might make a sporty car out of the Fiesta, one that wouldn't look out of place parked next to a row of Simca Bagheeras: Corrida! Since the… » 10/01/07 11:30am 10/01/07 11:30am

An NSU Just for You!

If this ain't the Craigslist find of the day, we don't know what is. Yes, it's an NSU Prinz from 1960. The seller seems to be in the know about classic Teutonic microcars, as he's tagged the post with Goggomobil. He also notes that you cannot drive the adorable slice of Neckarsulmium back to your abode from his place… » 7/19/07 5:45pm 7/19/07 5:45pm

House of Honda 600: Merciless Mings Revealed


The first time I saw a Honda 600 was likely many years ago. So many years ago that I don't remember. A few years back a for sale sign in the window of a nearby AN600 sedan reintroduced the little Honda back into the mental queue of cars. In that same window was a small sticker that said Merciless Mings. While at the… » 6/22/07 3:30pm 6/22/07 3:30pm

A Quartet Of Microcars

I was introduced to Jonee Eisen by a mutual friend at a flea market in Echo Park. "He's into cars, too." So, I asked, what sort of cars do you have? "A couple of Subarus and a DAF 66." I nearly choked. "A DAF!?!" The sky was falling. "Yeah, you know - the Dutch took the clutch." Yeah Jonee, I know. Sadly tragically… » 6/11/07 11:30am 6/11/07 11:30am

Autorama Blowout! Vespa 400, Tiny Like Whoa


Okay folks, last day of tardy Autorama coverage. I'm going to go all out and provide a show-centric post every hour, on the hour. Why? So that all you slackers suffering through a Friday in the confines of your cubicles can keep from going insane waiting till five o'clock rolls around. See if you can hang on to your… » 3/16/07 9:00am 3/16/07 9:00am

Isetta in Drag: The Whatta Drag

As its name attests, the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum is the venue for all manner of microcar, from the Grataloup to the Vespa 400 and right up to the towering Isetta. In fact, funny story. There was this Hot Wheels car called the Whatta Drag. It was part Isetta, part drag bike and all the kind of Hot Wheels car that… » 2/20/07 11:00am 2/20/07 11:00am

I've Noticed This Peel P50 Can Also Be Worn as a Hat!

When, in the course of human events, a singular driving objective reaches its lunatic culmination in a product, a certain amount of respect must be paid to its creators. In the case of Peel Engineering Company, that driving force was fuel mileage — mileage the likes of which Prii and Insights the world over could… » 1/02/07 10:55am 1/02/07 10:55am