DIMINUTIVE DRIVERS: A gallery of small but mighty microcars that made their mark at the 2021 Scottsdale Auction

Credit: Original article published by Barrett-Jackson.

A tiny Nash Metropolitan from the Larry Winkler Collection makes it way to the auction block in Scottsdale.

 

In the post-World War II years, motorcycles provided a common source of transportation for many, but were less than ideal in the rainy United Kingdom climate. Thus the microcar was born in Britain, offering better protection from inclement weather and still only requiring a motorcycle license to drive. The cars caught on in Europe, too, where the microcar’s greater fuel efficiency satisfied a demand for more affordable personalized transport. The heyday of the microcar was in the 1950s, with production markedly decreasing by the end of that decade. As the gallery below shows, there was a melting pot of minicars at the 2021 Scottsdale Auction, including a Japanese Mitsubishi Minica, an English-built Reliant Bond Bug, German BMW Isettas and a unique Fuldamobil, Italian Fiat 500s, and, from America, a Taylor-Dunn Trident convertible, as well as a pair of Nash Metropolitans and a Crosley Super Station Wagon (the latter two considered more as “subcompact” cars than microcars).

 

LOT #102 – 1993 MITSUBISHI MINICA – $6,820 – A NEW RECORD SALE AT AUCTION

LOT #132 – 1972 RELIANT BOND BUG – $18,150 – A NEW RECORD SALE AT AUCTION

LOT #133 – 1959 NASH METROPOLITAN – $14,850

LOT #344 – 1959 TAYLOR-DUNN TRIDENT CONVERTIBLE – $19,800

LOT #351 – 1959 NASH METROPOLITAN – $15,950

LOT #354 – 1974 FIAT 500 CUSTOM COUPE – $20,350

LOT #393 – 1957 FULDAMOBIL S7 – $28,600 – NEW RECORD SALE AT AUCTION

LOT #393.1 – 1958 FIAT MILLECENTO 1100 – $11,550

LOT #427 – 1960 BMW ISETTA 300 CONVERTIBLE – $24,200

LOT #428 – 1956 BMW ISETTA 300 – $34,100

LOT #508 – 1958 BMW 600 – $44,000

LOT #647 – 1969 FIAT 500L – $13,200

LOT #331 – 1951 CROSLEY SUPER STATION WAGON – $9,900