1959 King Midget , MFG CO Midget Motor Company , Athens Ohio, Cushman engine

Price: US $3,500.00 Item location: Swink, Colorado, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Other Makes
  • Trim: 2 door
  • Year: 1959
  • Mileage: 6,000
  • Engine size: 180 degree opposing 2 cylinder pancake
  • Number of cylinders: 2
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1959 Other Makes

I am selling this for a friend and will need to inquire with him if you have questions. You are bidding on a 1959 King Midget from the Midget Motor Corporation. It will need some restoration as you can see. The original engine was replaced with a Cushman engine. I do not know much about them, ut have been told it is a 180 degree opposing 2 cylinder motor (a OMC Cushman trike motor known as a Pancake ?). It has been sitting indoor storage for awhile. The last time it ran, e reported it does begin to smoke after it has run awhile and may need a rebuild.May also need some brake work ect. This is a very unique car and not many around for sell anymore. It does have a title. Please email me with questions and I will try to get back to you as soon as I can. You will need to pick it up or make shipping arrangements.My friend may be willing to deliver it for a fee or have someone he knows deliver it as another option. Ibelieve he also saidhe as a cover that was madefor it. I will add more information as I get it. It is located in La Junta, olorado. Not sure exact mileage.

Here is some info from the Wikipedia on the Midget Motor Corp.

King Midget was a micro car produced between 1946 and 1970 by the Midget Motors Corporation. Although the company started out by offering a kit to build the car, hey soon added completely-assembled cars and later only offered completed cars. Company founders Claud Dry and Dale Orcutt first sold the King Midget as part of their Midget Motors Supply operations in Athens, hio. By 1948, hey began to use the name Midget Motors Manufacturing Co., oo. In about 1956, ry and Orcutt changed the name of their company to Midget Motors Corporation.

Midget Motors' primary methods of advertising their cars were through small advertisements in popular magazines that appealed to home mechanics. The ads were tiny but effective; they showed a midget car and some earlier ads contained the phrase "500 lb. car for $500.00" The ads brought in a steady stream of interested customers. Some of the magazines featured articles about the car and several pictured the car on their front cover. This method of direct selling continued for most of the life of the company.

The first generation King Midget was a single-passenger kit designed to resemble a midget racer. The kit included the chassis, xles, teering assembly, prings, nstruction manual, lus dimensioned patterns for the sheet metal, ll for a cost of $270.00.[1] It would accept any one-cylinder engine.[1] By 1947, he Model 1 was also available in assembled form, owered by a 6hp (4.5kW) Wisconsin engine. Since adding a differential would have increased the cost, he car was driven by the right rear wheel only. It used a centrifugal clutch designed by Orcutt. The pair began to develop a two-passenger micro car in 1947. In total, ine separate prototypes were built until the designers met their goals of simplicity, ightness, nd economy. The result was the Model 2.

When it first appeared on the cover of Popular Science magazine in 1951, he Model 2 was a two-passenger convertible offered either fully assembled or as a kit, owered by a 23cuin (0.4L)[1] 7.5hp (5.6kW) sidevalve[1] Wisconsin AENL engine. With a 72in (1,800mm) wheelbase (8in (200mm) less than a Crosley 4CC),[2] it measured only 102in (260cm) overall. The Model 2 was still a very basic car; it had no speedometer or reverse, ut it was light, trong, nd available for just $500. In 1955, custom model of the Model 2 was introduced. It lasted through 1957, ith the price remaining under $550.[1] By contrast, four-passenger 1952 Crosley CD sedan could be had, ully assembled, or $943, nd a wagon as low as $1002.[3] Soon after the Model 2 was in production, he company began to offer the option of a two-speed automatic transmission that included a reverse. This transmission, eveloped and patented by Orcutt and Dry, as soon to be included as standard equipment and was used on all subsequent models.

In the 1950s, idget Motors developed the Junior and Trainer. Both designs were tube-framed motorized four-wheelers that were forerunners of the go-karts and all-terrain vehicles that were to become popular later. The Junior was powered by a 2.5hp (1.9kW) Briggs & Stratton engine, hile the Trainer used a 3hp (2.2kW) Briggs and Stratton. Both had an automatic clutch with a geared, everse transmission in the drive train. They were discontinued in the early 1960s.

In 1957, he Model 3 was introduced. On a new, 6.5in (1,940mm) wheelbase,[1] and now measuring 117in (300cm) overall, t was still smaller than a Crosley.[4] It now had four-wheel hydraulic brakes and was powered by a 9.2hp (6.9kW) Wisconsin single cylinder engine. The unit-body, hich was welded for increased strength, as continued throughout to the end of production. The 1958 price approached $900.[1] (The much bigger Rambler American started at $1775.)[5] In 1966 more power was added when the company switched to a 12hp {8.9kW} Kohler engine, nd also converted the car to a 12-volt electrical system. Midget production lasted through the 1960s, nd eventually almost 5,000 were built.[6]

Although the founders had strictly maintained their independence, y the nineteen-sixties they were approaching retirement age. So in 1966 they accepted a buy-out offer from a group backed by investment bankers and the owners retired, ut remained as consultants. Over the years they had remained profitable by carefully matching their production to sales. They had produced a unique car of their own design and constantly introduced improvements and refined their design. But the new owners had a different vision; they vastly increased production but the anticipated increased sales did not follow. By 1969, he company was forced into bankruptcy. Production manager Vernon Eads bought the remains of Midget Motors under the name Barthman Corporation. He drew up plans for a new model, he Commuter, one-piece fiberglass car that resembled a dune buggy, ut a fire at his newly built Florida plant destroyed the only body mold. The 1970 run comprised only 15 cars, ncluding the only three Commuters ever built. The costs of rebuilding after the fire, ombined with new safety and emissions standards, ere more than Eads could bear, nd he closed the company in 1970.[7]