In the olden days, a lot of manufacturers came out with wacky cars. Since regulations at that time weren’t too strict, they even succeeded in selling bubble and micro cars in the market. Here are 12 of the coolest micro/bubble cars.
BMW built a microcar called the Isetta for a couple of years since the world was into microcars at that time. The Isetta is actually an Italian designed microcar whose licence was bought by many companies across the world and hence each country had a different version. The BMW one is the more famously known and there is an example of the same in India as well.
The vehicle came in 3 models, the 250, the 300 and the 600. As the name suggests, the 250 had a 250 cc engine, the 300 had a 300 cc engine where as the 600 was a little larger and had a 600 cc engine. The company managed to keep the car in the market for 7 years and produced close to 1,50,000 units of the same.
Original Fiat 500
The 500 or Cinquecento as it is known in Italy was built between 1957 and 1975. It is a cult car which was later reborn in 2007 in a modern avatar. Initial models had a small 13 Bhp 500 cc 2 cylinder engine. Over the years, there were a lot of changes that were done to the car and the car had a lot of different body styles on offer as well. There were even Abarth versions of the same.
The Reva-I was India’s first electric car. The vehicle was produced by Chetan Maini in Bangalore and was even on sale in certain countries abroad. The vehicle was more successful outside India due to people having more regard for electric vehicles and the fact that the government rebates abroad are high for such cars.
Due to the high pricing and small range, the car never did well in India and the company was then bought over by Mahindra which now has the new E2O, which replaces the Reva-i. The car has grown up now though.
Sipani Badal/ Reliant Robin
The Sipani Badal is the Indian version of the Reliant Robin which was on sale in the international market. The car was produced by Sipani Automobiles. The car was built from fibre glass. It was a massive flop in the market. The company then came up with a 4 wheeled version which also didn’t do well due to the coming of the Maruti 800.
Attica was a Greek company that produced the microcar known as the 200. If someone had to say that a car was built in Greece, we would find it tough to believe today. However, in the 1960’s, the 200 was built by them. The company built a few cars out of which the 200 micro car was the most popular. The car featured a 200 cc engine producing 10 Bhp and 13.2 Nm and had a max speed of 94 kmph. A cool fact about this car is that the Greek government found it too small to be taxed as a car and was hence taxed as a motorcycle.
The Citicar was built in the 1970’s and was a 2 door 2 seater electric car built in the US. The main reason why the car was built was the fact that oil prices had surged which meant paying for gas became a tough job. The company did so well in the 70’s that it even went on to become the 6th largest automaker in the US. The car had a top speed of 42 kmph which was later upgraded to 64 kmph. It was when the oil prices came back down that the car saw less takers and the company had to file for bankruptcy.