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TouchingMidget Cars. Part I



“Custer” the smallest car in the US. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images). 1920






A midget Hanomag Kommisbrot car outside the manufacturer's headquarters. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). 1935






Pupils at Eton College watch two of their peers driving midget Rytecraft Scootercars. The cars, designed by J W Shillan, are one horsepower strong, fully licensed and taxed for the road. (Photo by Reg Speller/Getty Images). 1934






A tiny “Velocar” with “double-pedal” movement is showing its paces in Hyde Park, London, solving the problem of wartime petrol rationing. (Photo by Harry Todd/Getty Images). 1939






J B Carver driving his MG Midget racer at Grinders Glade during the Inter-Varsity Motor Trial. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images). UK, 1925






A young Etonian test drives the world's smallest car during a demonstration at Eton College. The one horsepower midget, which is fully licensed and road taxed was designed by Mr J W Shillan. (Photo by Reg Speller/Fox Photos/Getty Images). 31st October 1934






A bus and a midget car in a London street. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images). Circa 1928






The Whitwood two-wheel, two-seater “monocar” in Ealing, London. The 7 foot 8 inch long vehicle reaches speeds of 94 mph. (Photo by William Vanderson/Getty Images). 1934






Instead of using a car jack to carry out repairs on a one horsepower midget car, a mechanic in Cardiff simply gets a couple of helping hands to lift up the front of the vehicle. Midget cars are on sale for around £70 and achieve a top speed of about 50 miles per hour. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images). 11th February 1935






An air raid warden arrives at a shelter in a Rytecraft midget car. (Photo by Reg Speller/Getty Images). UK, 1939






At a British Toy Fair held in Brighton, Sussex, eight year old Thomas Barnard of Sittingbourne, Kent drives his 81 inches long Barnard Formula Six half-size single seater racer designed to be driven by anyone from 6 to 60. Its 127cc engine gives a speed of 20mph with a governor or 35 mph without, though alternative engines can raise the maximum to 60mph. (Photo by Reg Speller/Getty Images). 1968






A German Hanomag Kommissbrot motor car costs ?100 and gives good mileage per gallon of petrol because of its size. It is named because of its similarity to a loaf of army bread. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images). 1928






A tiny one-horsepower car being used by a florist for delivering blooms to customers attracts some attention on the London roads. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images). 17th November 1934






A motorist leaving the Houses of Parliament in London with an angel for which he has paid ten guineas. (Photo by Fred Morley/Getty Images). UK, 1934






A tiny Velocar makes its way down the road in Hyde Park, London, dwarfed by the parked cars alongside. This pedal-powered “one manpower” vehicle is one small answer to the problem of petrol rationing. (Photo by Harry Todd/Fox Photos/Getty Images). 5th November 1939






Dwarfed by a full-size car, Mr C W Cooper of Surbiton drives the miniature racing car which he built for his son John. The tiny vehicle is fitted with a 1.25 horsepower two-stroke engine, and can travel up to 52 miles per hour. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images). 27th May 1935






Less than 24 hours after the arrival of British airborne troops, the German army of occupation in Denmark was marching back to Germany. German troops on a midget tank retreat through the Town Hall Square in Copenhagen. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). May 1945






Two Ford Comutas next to a Cortina at a Ford Research centre in Dunton, Essex. (Photo by Wesley/Keystone/Getty Images). 1967






English sports cars the Midget MG and the Arkley SS, basic, cheap and fun two-seaters. (Photo by Graham French/BIPs/Getty Images). 1973


















The 50cc Mopetta from the Brutsch stables at Stuttgart is available in London at a cost of £200. The one-seater, three-wheeler has a maximum speed of 21 miles per hour. (Photo by Rosemary Matthews/BIPs/Getty Images). April 1958


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