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If you thought last weekend’s Autobianchi Bianchina was a microcar, just take a gander at the micro-est of micro, Inter’s 175A Berline. This 1+1 seating fold-over top car looks like the creation of my last fever dream in spectacular robin’s egg blue. It wouldn’t fare well on today’s roads, but for tut-tuttering around your private estate, or perhaps even the grounds of a racetrack on a vintage race weekend, it’d be hard to beat.

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Said to be one of only 30 remaining Inter 175As, this example is among the best of them. With a ludicrous handlebar steering contraption, a pointed ‘fuselage’, and a helicopter-style wind-up starter, it is even more aircraft inspired than Germany’s Messerschmitt micro car.

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Powered by an 8 horsepower one-cylinder 175cc engine, the Inter was hardly a speed demon, but provided basic city transport in a time where such a thing was needed. Little more than a scooter with a lid on it, this was about as bare bones as it got. In order to fit it into the tiniest of spaces, the three-wheeler’s front wheels even fold into the body, reducing overall width to just three feet.

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Like most any other French car, especially of this period, this is an unapologetically French car. Very French, in fact. From the single headlamp at the front to the three-speed dash-shifted transmission, this is one of the most interesting full-sized micro-machines ever built.

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If you’re looking to add a car to your collection that you’ll endlessly be explaining to other car enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike, this might be the one to get. It’ll cross the auction block at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island sale next month. A similarly-prepared example sold last year in Paris for 78,400 Euro, so be prepared to pay a quite high per-pound price if you want it.

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