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Monday, 19 November 2018 22:55

On the Lighter Side: 22 Of The Smallest Vehicles in the World

Written by Christopher McFadden, Interesting Engineering



17. The classic Messerschmitt KR200

Year of first production: 1955


Length (meters): 2.819


Worlds smallest cars KR200 web

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The Messerschmitt KR200, aka or Kabinenroller (Cabin Scooter), was three-wheeled 'bubble car' designed by the same company who made some of the fiercest fighters of WW2. After the conclusion of the war, the company was banned from making any further aircraft and turned their attention to vehicles.


The KR200 was designed by Fritz Fend and was built by Messerschmitt between 1955 and 1964. It had a rear mounted 191 cc two-stroke, single cylinder engine with four speeds and reverse gear.


18. Piaggio Vespa 400 is pretty cute

Year of first production: 1957


Length (meters): 2.86


Worlds smallest cars Vespa web

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This diminutive four-wheeled micro-car was produced by ACMA who are more famous for their scooters. It has enough room for two adults with some room in the back for luggage and tiny humans.


The 400 came in three variants the Luxe, Tourisme, and GT. Most had a two-cylinder, two-stroke air-cooled rear-mounted engine with a top speed of 80 to 90 km/h.


19. Presenting the Mia Electric

Year of first production: 2011


Length (meters): 2.87


Worlds smallest cars Mia Electric web

 Source: Kevin.B/Wikimedia Commons


The French made Mia Electric is a tiny three-seater all electric-vehicle with two sliding-doors and centrally placed driver's seat. It was their first all-electric vehicle on the market but production stopped in 2013 when it hit financial issues.


It had a 9.7 kW electric motor engine powered by an 8 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery pack. The Mia Electric had a range of 90 km and a top speed of 100 km/h.

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