Ever since the very first car was made over 100 years ago, people have always wanted the perfect vehicle for themselves and their families. People have been interested in many different types of cars as well. Some people like supercars while others only like energy efficient vehicles. Whatever your taste in automobiles, companies have come up with a variety of designs to try and suit everyone's needs. One thing people do take into consideration when buying a car is the size. If you have a big family or if you want a lot of room you might be interested in a bigger car. You need some room driving bigger cars on the road and you also need a bigger space to park. Some of the bigger cars are considered yachts of the car world. These cars have been very popular but as popular as they are some consumers have a desire for very small cars instead.
Since the 1940s, car companies have developed really small cars called microcars to meet consumer needs. To be considered a microcar a vehicle can only have 1000cc or less for an engine and can have only room for a single person or up to two people inside. There are some newer microcars that can squeeze up to four people inside. These cars have grown in popularity for a few reasons: they are lower in price, insurance is cheaper, and you don't need very much room for parking or storage. Not all of the smaller cars have been the greatest looking cars but automobile manufacturers are improving them and some are actually cute. These are some of the smallest vehicles ever built, as well as the longest that look more like boats than street legal cars!
20 Tiniest Microcar: Zundapp Janus
The Zundapp Janus microcar was built between 1957- 1958 and was the only car ever manufactured by the German motorcycle manufacturer. With this cute car, it was hard to tell which end was the front or rear with doors positioned at the end and front inside of the middle. It could fit up to four people (in theory).
This car had a two-stroke 1- cylinder engine with 14hp.
According to Road and Track, Zundapp only produced 6,902 cars and this is a very rare microcar today. You would have thought this microcar would have been successful after being named after an after a Roman higher power.
19 Tiniest Microcar: Peel P50
The Peel P50 is a three-wheeled microcar made with 2 wheels in the front and only one in the back. This little car has been quite popular over the years. It was originally produced between 1962–1965 and it was brought back in 2010 and continues to be manufactured. According to The Vintage News, the Peel P50 won the smallest production car made in 2010. Since the Peel P50 first debuted, there have been three different engine types. The 1963–1964 P50 came equipped with a DKW 49cc, with 4.2 hp and was able to travel up to 38 mph. The next generation in 2011 had two different choices of engines: the first one has a 49cc four-stroke engine with 3.35 hp and is gas powered. The other available is a brushless DC electric motor with 3.08 hp. This car can fit anywhere and only weighs 123 lbs, if you lift weights this car you would be able to pick up and just move.
18 Tiniest Microcar: 1952 Champion 400
The 1952 Champion 400 is a cute German microcar that sort of looks like a Volkswagen If you looked quickly. This car was made of a steel body and came with a two-cylinder 398 cc ILO engine. According to Automotive Catalog, fuel for this car had to be a mixture of gasoline and oil.
This microcar could hit a top speed of 50 mph which is faster than other microcars.
The car company didn't do very well with their competition with the bigger automotive makers at the time. The company eventually went bankrupt and was taken over by Maico Automobile company. Which brings us to the next car on the list.
17 Tiniest Microcar: Maico 500
The Maico 500 was produced after the takeover of the Champion Car company. According to RM Sotheby's, this car made its debut at the Frankfurt Show in 1955. This car was a two-seater and was only manufactured for a few months. Maico decided to stick to their 403 version which could hold up to four passengers. According to Lane Motor Museum, the Maico 403 became Maico 500 when the company decided to put a bigger engine and 4-speed manual transmission into the car. This car did not do badly in sales but the Maico Automobile company went back to making motorcycles.
16 Tiniest Microcar: 1957 Biscuter 200-F Pegasin
According to the Microcar Museum, the 1957 Biscuter 200-F Pegasin was made to resemble the Spanish Ferrari. This microcar was produced by Autonacional SA and gave people an opportunity of driving a mini Ferrari, but it certainly didn't hit the same types of speed. This was a nice looking car and would be fun for any collector. The Biscuter 200-F Pegasin featured a Hispano- Villiers 1- cylinder, 2- stroke engine with 9 hp. Production of this car only lasted two years and ended in 1960. This car today does have a high price tag and could run a collector close to $32,000.
15 Tiniest Microcar: Microcar MC1
The Microcar MC1 microcar was produced by the French company Groupe Beneteau and was produced between 2003- 2007. This 3- door hatchback can hit top speed 72 mph with a 505cc 2-cylinder engine. There were two versions, the MC1 and the MC2. The MC2 was just a little longer than the MC1 and was made with a plastic body. This car would also vibrate at higher speeds.
With this car, you could get where you needed to go and find parking easily.
According to Hooniverse, this car was popular with teens and many were hooked- up with stereo systems to crank up the music.
14 Tiniest Microcar: BMW Isetta
The BMW Isetta is an Italian-designed microcar had a few different versions of the Isetta on the road and were produced from 1953 - 1961. Only 300 microcars were built at an isolated factory in Great Britain. Parts had to be shipped in and out by train and so did the cars once they were built. According to On Scene Cars, this is the same car Steve Urkel used during some episodes of the 1990s TV show Family Matters. This car only had one door where the hood should be and could fit up to two people. Top speed for this car was only 53 mph.
13 Tiniest Microcar: 1956 Eshelman Deluxe Adult Sports Car
The 1956 Eshelman Deluxe Adult Sports Car is the really small vehicle but it is cute. Made to resemble a garden tractor it is hard to imagine it is for an adult but it is. This microcar came available in only two colours which were red and yellow. This little car also had a B&S 1-cylinder engine that gave 8.5 hp. According to 3D Warehouse, the top speed of the 1956 Eshelman Deluxe Adult Sports Car was only 20 mph but did get 70 miles on a gallon of gasoline. This car was totally open with no roof to protect from the elements but on a nice day, it could be enjoyable. Today this microcar is not cheap if you find one, as the estimated cost is between $15,000 to $21,000.
12 Tiniest Microcar: Rolux Baby
The Rolux Baby was manufactured between 1945- 1948 by French manufacturer Ets. DeConstruction General Auto- Cycles.
According to the Microcar Museum, this car was equipped with a 124 cc engine and had 4.5 hp.
This two-person microcar came with a convertible top so you could enjoy driving in the sun or rain. This little car you would get you noticed driving around town. There were only 300 Rolux Baby ever made. If you are looking to own one today it will cost between $42,500 to $45,000.
11 Tiniest Microcar: 1953 Allard Clipper
Now onto the microcars. The first microcar on the list is the Allard Clipper which was produced between 1953–1954 and was designed by David Gottlieb. According to 3- Wheelers, this car had an indestructible and was the first car with a plastic body. This tiny car came equipped with a Villiers 24B 346cc single-cylinder two-stroke engine allowing you to go short distances but it did have some mechanical issues. There were only twenty Allard Clippers made during its production time and it is believed there are two left in the world. Even though this car didn't last on the market, it is a very rare today. This is a car that a collector of microcars would love to have if they could find one.
10 Longest Car: 2016 Mercedes Maybach Pullman
The Mercedes-Maybach Pullman is a yacht of the car world. This beautiful Mercedes is 21-feet long, giving plenty of space to enjoy yourself. The inside is plush with leather seating There are also extra seats in the back that are rear facing so you can have more guests in the car. According to the Robb Report, not only is the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman magnificent, but this car is also available with armour. This car is perfect for meeting everyone's needs. With the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman, you won't have to worry about having a large group or just relaxing inside while being driven around in it.
9 Longest Car: 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase
The 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase is another great car in length and size. The Phantom is almost 19 feet long and is equipped with a 6.8l V12 with 563 hp. Not only is this luxury car long but it is very roomy.
This certainly isn't a good purchase if someone wants an economical car.
According to Luxury Launch, this is one of the most luxurious cars in the world. Taking this on a road trip, you will definitely be comfortable. With a price tag of half of a million dollars and up it should be.
8 Longest Car: 2005 Maybach Exelero Coupe
The 2005 Maybach Exelero Coupe was manufactured by Daimler Chrysler and made its debut in Germany. This car is gorgeous and is 19 feet long giving plenty of room. According to Top Gear, Rapper Birdman is such a fan of the Maybach Exelero Coupe that he spent $8 million for one. This car is very rare with only 12 ever made. Not only does this car have a bigger front end but it is also powerful with a 5.9l turbocharged engine with 700 hp. The Maybach Exelero Coupe can go from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds and can hit speeds of 218 mph.
7 Longest Car: 1975 Buick Electra
The 1975 Buick Electra 225 Limited was the longest car that GM made at the time and is 18.8 feet long. GM also tried to make this car good on gas with the fuel shortage by adding a catalytic converter and electronic ignition. According to Carfolio, this car came equipped with a 7.5l 90-degree V8 engine, giving this car a lot of power to get where you wanted to go. This was certainly an era when people thought bigger was better. It was not till years later that smaller cars were manufactured and available for purchase in the United States.
6 Longest Car: 1974 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight LS
Now the next car you do need a bigger space for. The 1974 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight LS is a bigger car and a classic. This car is very roomy and comfortable to drive around in but it is not that great on gas compared to other cars today. This car was great for multiple passengers and for traveling with enough room for what you needed to big with you or for shopping.
The 74 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight LS is the ninth generation in the line of cars made since the original was made in 1942.
According to the Automobile Catalog, this car can also hit 0-100 in 11.7 seconds, so you can fly down the street in this boat.
5 Longest Car: 1973 Cadillac Fleetwood
It seems in the 1970s people really enjoyed bigger cars. The 1973 Cadillac Fleetwood proves that being 19 feet long. This is the sort of car that requires a driver with good driving and parking ability with due to its length. According to Automotive Mileposts, there were 5 million Cadillac Fleetwoods sold. This classic car has a 7.7l 8 cylinder engine with a 3-speed automatic transmission. This car was meant for cruising along in comfort. When the gas crisis began in the 1970s people became more concerned about the prices at the gas pumps then filling their tanks up as they always had before.
4 Longest Car: 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado
1966 Oldsmobile Toronado is 17.5 feet long and is a great luxury car for any collector. According to Motor Trend, this car won the 1966 best car of the year award and was innovating for GM. This car came with a 7.0l Rocket V8 engine giving 385 hp and had an unusual powertrain called a Unitized Power Package. According to Hagerty, this also was the first American car that had front-wheel-drive which changed the way cars were made in the United States. This car weighs also weighs 4800 pounds which gives it a lot of power behind it.
3 Longest Car: Chrysler New Yorker Town & Country Wagon
Talking about longer and bigger cars the 1959 Chrysler New Yorker Town & Country Wagon makes the list. This car is 18 feet long and has a wheelbase of 79.5 inches. This car was great for people with large families.
Back in the days before there were stricter vehicle and passenger laws people would take advantage of the space and pile in.
According to Hemmings, this car could hold up nine passengers. This type of car was also great for hauling longer items and was good for camping if needed. The Chrysler New Yorker Town & Country Wagon was produced from 1941-1942 and then again between 1946-1988.
2 Longest Car: Dodge Power Wagon
The Dodge Power Wagon 4x4’s are legendary amongst enthusiasts. Originally the Power Wagon was made for the special forces between 1945–1980. Due to its popularity with personnel, Dodge decided to market the truck to civilians. People loved the truck so much that Dodge brought the truck back in 2005 and are still manufacturing them. This is a big truck with a wheelbase of 126” into a 147" and is also available with four different engine sizes. The biggest Dodge Power Wagon is owned by Hamad bin Hamdan al Nahyan who is known as the Rainbow Sheikh. According to Throttle Extreme, the Rainbow Sheikh owns the world's biggest Power Wagon which is eight times bigger than the original. This truck is fully operational and is so huge that it includes multiple bedrooms and bathrooms.
1 Longest Car: Dream Limousine
The American Dream limousine was created by Jay Ohrberg. Ohrberg creation was based on the 1970 Cadillac Eldorado and is 100 feet long. The car has 26 wheels, multiple rooms, a helipad, and a Jacuzzi. According to Jalopnik this limo broke records and is listed as the world's longest limo by Guinness World Records. Even though this is a one of a kind car you won't be seeing it on the road. As cool as this limo is it was hard to drive on the road it wasn't a success. This extremely long car isn't in the best condition nowadays and is being kept in storage. Hopefully one day we will see it on the road again.
Sources: TopGear, Hemmings, RoadAndTrack