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August 17, 2013

A Collection of 11 Interesting Vintage Photos of Midget Cars From Between the 1940s and 1960s

Small, economical cars have satisfied a niche of the auto market for decades. Here's a small collection of 11 vintage photos of midget cars from between the 1940s and the 1960s.

May 1945. Less than 24 hours after the arrival of British airborne troops, the Germ an 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)

22nd August 1946. A London policeman stops the traffic, including a pedal driven model bus. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

1955. A three wheeled “cabin” scooter manufactured by German aircraft engineers Messerschmitt & Co at factories in Regensburg. (Photo by Hans Enzwieser/BIPs/Getty Images)

1955. A German-made two-seater, three-wheeler car called the “Messerschmitt” or “Kabinenroller” parked on a London street. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

1955. Members of the public midget motor racing in 7ft Bantam racing cars known as “buzz-boxes”. Introduced by Southampton Speedway promoter Charles Knott, the Bantams are powered by a 190cc Villiers engine, and capable of speeds up to 45 mph. (Photo by Harry Kerr/BIPs/Getty Images)

1956. A fleet of Messerschmitt micro-cars employed to advertise “Gleem” toothpaste. (Photo by Thurston Hopkins/Getty Images)

1956. A perspective buyer at the wheel of a Messerschmitt Cabin Scooter near Regent's Park, London. The little car has the fuel consumption of a motor-cycle. (Photo by Derek Berwin/Getty Images)

April 1958. 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

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

7th June 1967. Manager of Ford research Laurence Martland in an electric “Comuta” which is designed to carry two adults and two children. (Photo by Mike McLaren/Central Press/Getty Images)

1968. 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)



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