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Athens, Ohio — The last King Midget was built injust before the first energy crisis. The little car, had it survived, might have gone on to bigger success than in its heyday — the s. Claud Dry and Dale Orcutt developed clever designs as well as production and marketing systems that no one has been able to replicate, including the automotive and financial experts who bought Midget Motors.
Production of civilian cars ceased early inso that factories could produce war materiel, and pre-war cars were getting worn out. Major manufacturers resumed production as quickly as possible, excited for the forthcoming post-war prosperity. Not everyone believed the post-war period would be prosperous, however.
The 7. The car was cosmetically refreshed inincluding a repaint, new upholstery, rubber trim, and tires, and has been displayed in a museum since that time. This King Midget was built in Athens, Ohio using a factory-built steel body over a steel frame, while many examples featured locally-built bodies made by the owners.
King Midget was a micro car produced between and by the Midget Motors Corporation. Although the company started out by offering a kit to build the car, they soon added completely-assembled cars and later only offered completed cars. Bythey began to use the name Midget Motors Manufacturing Co.
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Athens, Ohio is a small town in the southeastern part of the state that, from towas home to a small car company: King Midget. Advertised to do-it-yourselfers in the back of magazines like Popular Mechanics, buyers received a chassis and suspension components, as well as plans for the sheetmetal bodywork. When we say a small car company, we mean a small car company.
Midget Motors Manufacturing Co. Eventually, the Model 1 was offered as a fully-assembled car and these were meant as an inexpensive alternative to other cars of the day. Unfortunately, the original 9. That hurts the value, in my opinion.
It had no reverse gear or an electric starter, but for whatever reason a couple of ex-Civil Air Patrol pilots from Ohio thought people wanted a small and beyond-basic kit car called the King Midget. It might surprise you to learn that not many people wish to assemble their own cars after buying them. It might surprise you even more to learn that even those people who are willling to put their car together would still prefer that it wasn't a complete piece of crap when they finished assembling it.