Like the Isetta, if you see a King Midget at a car event, chances are that it’s not going to be in barn-find condition. Every King Midget that I’ve ever seen (well, since the 1960s) has been show-quality. Appreciation, in both senses of the word, of microcars has brought them out of those barns and it’s a lot cheaper to restore and show a King Midget than just about any other collectible vehicle. After all, when you bought a King Midget kit, it came with plans for body panels that could be formed on basic brakes and other sheet metal tools. Because they were sold as both kits and as assembled vehicles, it’s hard to know how many of the 5,000 or so King Midgets ever made it onto the road, let alone how many have survived. In 1967, an assembled King Midget cost about $900, about half the price of a compact car from one of the domestic automakers. While “50% off” is a magic term in retail, most folks thought that a conventional compact was more than twice the car than the King Midget was and sales of the little lawnmower engined car declined as the 1960s went on, ending production in 1969.
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