From the Minis and Fiats of Europe to the Kei cars of Japan, it seems like the rest of the industrialized world understands the need and practicality for small vehicles.
Yet, here in the States, we can’t get away from gas-guzzling SUVs and full-size pickup trucks if our lives depend on it — which according to climate change, our lives do in fact depend on it.
However, for a select group of enthusiasts — and one Scandinavian — tiny cars have become their way of life producing or rebuilding these small cars from hand to provide the public with small yet practical cars that are just as capable as any vehicle on the road, except maybe sports cars.
Today, the automotive YouTube channel Barcroft Cars take us in-depth with a handful of tiny car enthusiasts as they share their love of small cars and the lengths they will go to keep them roadworthy.
The Tango Allows You To Drive Where Only Motorcycles Go
First on the docket is Rick, an engineer in the Pacific Northwest who gained notoriety after he began producing the Tango car.
He came up with the idea after spending years in LA traffic (not shocking) that it would make more sense to be able to slip between traffic lanes like a motorcycle — especially when the majority of drivers don’t have a passenger riding along.
So in 2005, Rick decided to build the Tango to be the enthusiast’s choice for urban driving thanks to its great handling, Momo steering wheel, and Motec dash.
Producing 10 examples over the previous 15 years, the Tango car is the perfect choice for the solo enthusiast — if they have $420,000 lying around, of course.
The Peel P50 Isn’t Such As Good Hauler Vehicle
Next up is the smallest production vehicle ever produced: the Peel P50.
Designed and built in the ’60s, the Peel came during a time when the BMW Isetta and Austin Mini dominated the sales charts.
Although never achieving mass fame — and still ranking as one of the worst tiny cars of all time — the Peel maintains a cult status amongst enthusiasts for its quirky design.
After finding this example second-hand for a mere $100 in the ’70s, these tiny three-wheelers can now fetch up to $120,000.
Up-Cycled Cars Made From Refrigerators
In what must be the most intriguing build on this list are these mini-classic cars based on designs from the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s.
Part of a personal project from an Arizonan mechanic, these tiny cars are not just beautiful but ecological as well.
Using the parts from scrapped refrigerators, this backyard mechanic managed to compile not just one, but a museum full of “Dwarf cars” using this upcycling method.
Refusing to part ways with any of these builds, the owner clarifies they will never be for sale — even after someone reportedly offered $450,000 for one.
For A Barrel Of Laughs, Try The Podrid Bicycle
Last up we have the Podrid Bicycle.
Engineered in Sweden, the Podride serves as an alternative for bike riders in the winter.
Featuring numerous amenities from trunk space to headlights and turn signals, this street-legal bicycle combines its power with an electric engine, helping the rider achieve the exact speed they desire while riding.