Micro cars were not confined to Europe in the 1950’s. Even in the USA, home of the land barge, there were US made micro cars One such was the King Midget, made by Midget Motors of Athens Ohio, between 1946 and 1970.
The original King Midget was a single seater kit set, designed to accommodate any single cylinder motor. However within a couple of years, Midget Motors were producing fully assembled cars.
In 1951 the Model 2 was introduced, a two seater convertible with 7.5 horsepower 400cc motor, and a top speed of about 45 mph (72 kph) It had a two speed automatic transmission, with reverse, that had been developed in-house by Midget Motors.
The Model 3 followed in 1957, with a 9.2 hp motor, and 4 wheel hydraulic brakes.
In total almost 5000 King Midgets were made