If you think your car is cramped, allow me to present the original Mitsubishi Minica Skipper. It was not even ten feet long.

Mitsubishi's little coupe (couplet?) of the late '60s/early '70s was a scant 2,995 mm from bumper to bumper. That's 117.9 inches, or 9.8 feet.


This is a wonderful example of how much teenier cars used to be.

However! The keen-eyed among you may not that this is a staggering eleven inches longer than the current Smart ForTwo.

The trick here, of course, is that while the Smart and the Mitsubishi are both two-door vehicles, 1960s Japanese car design deigned that a second row of seating could fit in this vehicle's space. The Minica Skipper is very much not a two-seater.

So enjoy your roomy Toyobaru Twins and Chevy Sonics and whatever else is considered a small car today. Enjoy them and think of the poor bastards who got wedged in the back of these Skippers.


Photo Credits: Mitsubishi

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