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Ten supercool microcars

Cooler, cheaper, better – the microcar is just a more sensible mode of transport than the gas guzzling giants that roam our highways today. Most cars in the developed world have only one passenger – the driver. The average European weighs 70 kgs. A typical car weighs 1-2 tonnes. In other words, the average car weighs 10-20 times more than what it’s transporting. Now that’s just insane. And the reason for it? Well, the car is more than just a mode of transport, it is a status symbol. The car is a napoleon’s horse for men without self irony, who take themselves too seriously and need a big car to compliment their ego.

Messerschmitt KR-175

Messerschmitt KR-175

Brutsch Mopetta

Brutsch Mopetta – not sure if this is even a car. But it’s definitely transport in style!

Goggomobil TL-250 Transporter
Goggomobil TL-250 Transporter
Custom mad microcar for Birds Eye peas commercial

Custom made microcar for Birds Eye peas commercial

Heinkel Kabine

Heinkel Kabine, perhaps my favourite of them all.

Jurisch Motoplan
Jurisch Motoplan Prototype
Peel Trident

Peel Trident

Hannomag Kommissbrot

Hannomag Kommissbrot

Reliant Regal

Reliant Regal

Frisky Family Three

Frisky Family Three

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Figaro: New Car in Retro Outfit

Retro designed cars have been in vogue for quite a while now, starting with the launch of the New Beetle back in the nineties. I rember seeing a concept design of the New Beetle in a car magazine as a child – a few years before it came into production, and I remember I thought it was very cool. Since then the whole auto industry have jumped on the retro trend, the New Mini and the New Fiat 500 perhaps being the most successful ones. But along the way I totally lost my interest in these remakes of the car classics – mainly because the originals are so much cooler than the remakes. Instead I would love to see more cars like the Nissan Figaro, which truly looks old, but fools you with its modern engine and technical specifications. It was launched in 1989 and originally only sold in Japan. However, it has since become popular in the UK, imported second hand. As a London resident I enjoy coming across them on my walks and cycle rides around the city.