Before young men got obsessed with turning Civics into M5s, they were forced to use actual creativity when customizing automobiles. Take three feet or more out of the wheelbase and you have the shorty car.
Nobody knows precisely where or when the first shorty car was made, but it appears to have correlated with the hot rod movement in the ‘40s and ‘50s before moving on to more successfully adapt vans from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Shorties were never a huge movement due to the obvious reasons; hacking several feet out of the floor pan is neither practical nor a performance enhancer and likely isn't the safest modification you could undertake. [via The HAMB]