Tiniest Car in Germany (Aug, 1949)

Tiniest Car in Germany is this miniature auto equipped with a one-hp engine. Measuring 2-1/2 yards long, it goes 27 mph and costs less than $300. Germans don’t need a license to drive it. Fend-Flitzer, Rosenheim, Germ.

  1. spiff says: May 5, 20102:20 pm

    Wow, $300 in 1949 dollars? You could probably build that today for under $300.

  2. Toronto says: May 5, 20103:27 pm

    Spiff: Yes, and you can buy a bicycle shaped object at WalMart for less that the price of two high quality bike tires, too. But I imagine that Germany had regulations for what was fit for the road, even in 1949, that would drive up the requirements and cost.

  3. jose says: May 5, 20106:13 pm

    Inflation Calculator (http://www.westegg.com/…) says its about $2600 in 2009. Not bad, I wonder what the MPG was. I once read that a mpoed in the 1970s could get 75mpg. Hmm.

  4. Toronto says: May 5, 20106:52 pm

    A good moped in the ’70s could get 100mpg (Imperial) or 80 mpg (US), but it would pump out 6 ounces of mostly unburnt oil while it was doing it.

  5. Cristian says: May 6, 201012:42 am
  6. Anton says: May 6, 20109:19 am

    Fritz Fend’s Marvelous Micro-cars

    March 1, 2004, by Bill Cawthon


  7. Richard says: May 7, 201010:58 am

    This looks a lot like a Corbin Sparrow, a more modern electric vehicle (produced 1999-2002). http://www.corbinsparro…

  8. Buddy says: May 7, 201011:57 am

    I think this was sort of a feel good story – showing Germany recuperating after WWII, not being very threatening, and looking a bit ridiculous.

  9. Firebrand38 says: May 7, 201012:43 pm

    Or you could just follow the link provided at #5 which also leads to this link on the vehicle http://en.wikipedia.org… which was designed as an invalid carriage which I can imagine was in high demand in post-war Germany. Not ridiculous at all. In 1949 we were building up West Germany against the Soviet bloc.

  10. Charlene says: May 9, 20107:29 am

    It’s amazing how many devices for the disabled are later marketed to the general public. A modern equivalent would be the Snuggee, originally designed for wheelchair users.

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