We went to the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum in Madison, GA.
Look closely and you'll see some cars have three wheels, others four. Some of the three wheelers have 2 wheels in the front, others have 1 wheel in the front. As for the missing doors, look for those at the ends where the hood would pop up or the trunk would close. The clear dome cars seem to open upwards based on the slant of the door handles. Other doors open backwards. Some cars only have one door. The windows are in all shapes and sizes, some with the distinctive bubble shape that gave them their nickname, "bubble cars". Many windows are fixed and can not be rolled down. Smaller windows open on a pivot hinge. Others seem impractical with larger side windows than front screens. Some engines hide in trunks or under seats. Gas containers sit in trunks or under hoods where engines might normally go. The mix of materials (wood, fabric, steel, aluminum, etc) combined with the vibrant paint jobs, great details, and curious interiors really add to the overall feel. These were some cute little cars.
If I could change one thing, the cars would be spaced out so
(1.) we could throw open the hood (or pull up a seat) to inspect the 700cc, 250cc and 50cc engines,
(2.) open the trunk to check for storage and the mini spare tires,
(3.) and the front doors would be left open to better see the interiors.
The photos are mostly uncropped so you take in the number of cars in the background and the walls lined with collectibles. At $5 a person, grab a camera, and go if you're near.
A large open warehouse, every inch of space is taken by cars, toy displays, neon signs, and more.
A mini police car from Germany with flashing light.
Some of these tiny cars were designed to hold 2 or more.
The cream and white car above has a car door on each end.
The milky pink color was eye catching. The clear tops, more so.
The majority of the cars were made by companies long forgotten. Others like this bright blue beauty had more familiar names.
The practical side, mom with 2 kids, was drawn to the family VW bus style.
The picnic basket attached to the trunk and the the milky green color was one of my favorites.
This little red car is an aptly named Scootacar Mk I, 1959, from Leeds, England.
Others seemed much smaller, somehow more impractical. Still, I can't resist the cuteness. The third one above has a baby, with it's own pram top, a la convertible.
This is the front of the blue delivery truck.
Some were the workhorses, uh, work ponies?? The red truck with green canvas above is a 1961 Isetta 300 from England. It carries 165 lb. The green truck two above was a bread delivery truck!
The metal gave this mini a futuristic feel. The seats are painted woven wicker across aluminum frames.
This color looked military-esque.
A couple of wood panel minis.
Sports minis. With little room behind the wheel, I can't see sports minis becoming popular with the mid-life crisis guys seeking to pump up their egos while fighting the middle age beer belly.
Family Wagon with space for mom and dad in the front and the dogs in the back.
Bold in red with great plaid seats. The windows bubble out and give it a larger feel. A 1962 Trojan 200 from Ireland.
If only this baby blue car had fit in my trunk, I would have gladly taken it home. A Spanish 1961 S.E.A.T. 600, it seats 4 and has a spare under the hood along with a gas tank. The 4 cylinder, 23 HP engine is in the traditional trunk area. It has an electric starter and tops out out at a whopping 57mph, but I doubt that's with 4 people. The two doors open backwards from regular cars. I suspect with its limited leg space in the back seat, most people tossed their luggage there since the trunk housed the engine.
In addition to mini-cars, there were toys, candy collectibles, and a Vespa!