Journal: Motorists Looked So Much Happier In Impossibly Tiny Cars

Motorists Looked So Much Happier In Impossibly Tiny Cars

Michael Banovsky By Michael Banovsky
November 25, 2015
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I’ve seen a lot of classic car photos. Maybe too many, because over the last few months I started to notice—or perhaps start to believe–that people are happier when they’re near small cars. 

Of course, it’s a ridiculous, unprovable thing to say, but typically, post-Second World War microcars were bought and driven by average people…most of which were probably just happy to not have to wait for the bus. Classic microcars, too, are far more diverse in looks, move much more slowly, and are at home in cities, making them ripe for amateur photography. (And who wouldn’t smile when standing next to a Brutsch Mopetta?)

My personal experience around microcars doesn’t differ, either: people just seem to “Squee!” at the sight of a tiny machine puttering around. From behind the wheel, it’s tough to not crack a smile as onlookers either wave, hurriedly reach for their phones, shout, point…sometimes all of the above. A neon-colored Lamborghini will do much the same thing, but attracts a different sort of crowd.

Do tiny cars make you happy?

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Christian Leyk
Christian Leyk

My first car was a Suzuki LJ80 and I’m currently re-building my second one. I know it’s not exactly a vintage micro car, but at 3 metres overall length it almost fits in the toolset of a modern SUV! And yes, I always found that it made everybody smile who saw the car and it certainly made me smile when driving!

Tom Sobieski
Tom Sobieski

Most ( but not all ) small cars were born of necessity, and people love them until they have to get in and use them

Otávio Tucunduva Mattana
Otávio Tucunduva Mattana

is that a Gurgel TU in California?

Otávio Tucunduva Mattana
Otávio Tucunduva Mattana

sorry, michigan

Sid
Sid

We had one of those little electric cheese wedges (4th row down on the right) when I was in high school. I don’t even know where my dad found it but it had fallen off a transport truck onto it’s roof so the previous owner cut the top off and added a little chopped speedster style windshield. I drove it all over town. It was surprisingly fast. Maybe because it was substantially lighter without the roof. For reasons unknown it would often blow a fuse when it was under load taking off up hill. I would have to carry spare… Read more »