Cute Little European Cars
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 24
Like Tree9Likes

Thread: Cute Little European Cars

  1. Top | #1
    T-Mo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Last Online
    Today @ 04:52 AM
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    2,681
    Thanks
    473
    Thanked 855 Times in 513 Posts

    Cute Little European Cars

    Ok, I admit. I have an attraction to cute little European cars. Unfortunately my bank account and my willingness (and skill level) to buy a good one or buy a fixer upper is lacking. But I just love the little cute European cars. I guess it started when I was sent to Germany in January 1979 for REFORGER (Return Forces to Europe). Then I was stationed in Fulda, Germany 1980 to 1982. I just love the little cars, i.e. Citroen 2CVs, the Fiat 500, the VW Beetle, etc. They're utilitarian in function and design, but just so cute.

    Anyone share my attraction for these little buggers? Or have pictures or stories to share?
    Without ice cream, there will be darkness and chaos!
    Olympian Don Kardong

    1965 110s, 1966 110, 1967 112, 2001 LT150, 2003 GT245, 2004 GX345, 2006 X320

  2. Remove Advertisements
    GreenTractorTalk.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. Top | #2

    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Last Online
    09-13-2019 @ 09:18 PM
    Location
    Cartersville (NW) GA
    Posts
    2,379
    Thanks
    103
    Thanked 365 Times in 267 Posts
    I've driven by this place 100s of times and always meant to stop but never did, now it's closed.

    Museum Information
    1025r TLB w 60D MMM & Independent Lift
    SN 114287 Built April '13 received 8/21/13
    180 degree thermostat
    Omni Transformer w/ integrated weight bracket
    Single Point
    Ken's Bolt on hooks
    Artillian Forks (42")
    Full Compliment of Wheel Weights (340lbs)
    Custom Seat Springs

    Kubota 326H 72" deck ZTR

    Stihl MS361, FS250R

  4. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to psrumors For This Useful Post:

    etcallhome (03-01-2014), T-Mo (03-01-2014)

  5. Top | #3
    T-Mo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Last Online
    Today @ 04:52 AM
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    2,681
    Thanks
    473
    Thanked 855 Times in 513 Posts
    Renault had one also, the Renault 4. Those, the Citroen 2CVs, the little Fiats, the VWs were everywhere.

    These cars were small and cute, but they were not microcars as the link above shows. Those are cute also, but I wouldn't want one of those to drive on the US roads like I would the ones I'm referring to.
    Without ice cream, there will be darkness and chaos!
    Olympian Don Kardong

    1965 110s, 1966 110, 1967 112, 2001 LT150, 2003 GT245, 2004 GX345, 2006 X320

  6. Remove Advertisements
    GreenTractorTalk.com
    Advertisements
     

  7. Top | #4
    56FordGuy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Last Online
    Today @ 04:12 PM
    Location
    Wyoming
    Posts
    10,028
    Thanks
    482
    Thanked 1,656 Times in 1,088 Posts
    There's a really cool micro car museum in Nashville, the Lane Motor Museum. They have a great collection of small cars, motorcycles, and even a few military vehicles from Europe and the US.

    They even have a LARC LX amphibious landing craft that they brought up the Cumberland river and then drove to the museum through downtown Nashville. If y'all are ever in the area, it's worth stopping by.

    Home - Lane Motor Museum
    andy b. likes this.
    -Blake

    Your mileage may vary.

    JD 6410
    Some other stuff

    YouTube- Life in Wyoming

  8. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to 56FordGuy For This Useful Post:

    etcallhome (03-01-2014), T-Mo (03-01-2014)

  9. Top | #5
    T-Mo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Last Online
    Today @ 04:52 AM
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    2,681
    Thanks
    473
    Thanked 855 Times in 513 Posts
    I'm just not interested in microcars, but small cars sized like the Citroen 2CV, Fiat 500, VW Beetle, etc. The one link in the last post may have the type of car I'm talking about, but the class and size I'm referring to isn't a microcar, but larger. The micro cars are cute, but just not practical to US roads. Then again, the cars I'm talking about may also be impractical due to lack of parts.
    Last edited by T-Mo; 03-01-2014 at 10:57 AM. Reason: Tone down post.
    Without ice cream, there will be darkness and chaos!
    Olympian Don Kardong

    1965 110s, 1966 110, 1967 112, 2001 LT150, 2003 GT245, 2004 GX345, 2006 X320

  10. Top | #6
    56FordGuy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Last Online
    Today @ 04:12 PM
    Location
    Wyoming
    Posts
    10,028
    Thanks
    482
    Thanked 1,656 Times in 1,088 Posts
    I may have applied the "micro" term too broadly. The Lane museum has a lot of small European cars, some of which are "micro" one seaters and incredibly small, and others are small by US standards but still seat two and have room for some cargo. Renault, VW, etc...

    If you have time to browse their site, they have 300+ cars.
    -Blake

    Your mileage may vary.

    JD 6410
    Some other stuff

    YouTube- Life in Wyoming

  11. Top | #7
    Chuckv's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Last Online
    Today @ 10:52 AM
    Location
    Pacific Northwest
    Posts
    1,403
    Thanks
    10
    Thanked 388 Times in 311 Posts
    Neat stuff, particularly the Messerschmitts (including TWO KR500 'tigers') in the microcar museum link PSRumors posted.

    I will try to bring the reply to Terry's similar post in another forum forward here for others to comment upon:

    [INDENT]Terry,

    As I have had over 80 cars since I started driving so many years ago, naturally some of them were small European cars of the type you mention -- several pretty rare here in the states.

    I will limit my definition of small to those cars of 4 or fewer cylinders and under 1600cc...here is a partial list just from memory (pictures are representative to assist the discussion.)

    1960 and 1967 NSU Prinz sport coupes -- these are truly tiny with 600 cc two cylinder engines in the rear. The '67 had disc brakes.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	NSU Prinz Sport Coupe.JPG 
Views:	10 
Size:	44.5 KB 
ID:	25662

    1962 BMW 700 coupe -- opposed 700 cc air cooled twin engine like the motorcycle by this same manufacturer, fully independent rear suspension and handled GREAT!
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	BMW 700 coupe.jpg 
Views:	10 
Size:	36.9 KB 
ID:	25663

    1953 MG TD 1200 cc four cylinder -- classic open English sports car, wood framed bodywork, quirky electrics...
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	1953 MG TD.jpg 
Views:	10 
Size:	32.2 KB 
ID:	25664

    1971 Lotus Europa 1600cc Four Cylinder -- very light at 1375 pounds, supreme handling, unique looks, mid engine layout.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Lotus Europa.JPG 
Views:	10 
Size:	35.4 KB 
ID:	25665

    Several Fiat 850 coupes and spiders -- 850 cc rear mounted four cylinder, pretty agile, pretty fragile...
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Fiat 850 coupe.jpg 
Views:	10 
Size:	40.9 KB 
ID:	25666 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Fiat 850 spider.jpg 
Views:	10 
Size:	55.3 KB 
ID:	25667

    1969 Karmann Ghia convertible ( I made this from several wreaks over a summer -- but primarily was a 67,68,69, and 71 Volkswagen derived project.) The body/chassis was from the 1969 -- first year with the independent rear suspension rather than the older swing-arm design.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Karmann Ghia Convertible.jpg 
Views:	10 
Size:	69.4 KB 
ID:	25668

    1967 Triumph Spitfire 1600 cc four cylinder -- another open British sports car. Mine was not this color and had the removable hardtop (which was almost never on the car...)
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Triumph Spitfire roadster.jpg 
Views:	10 
Size:	41.9 KB 
ID:	25669

    1985 Sunbeam (Hillman) IMP -- 875 cc all aluminum SOHC slant four by Conventry Climax...sweet little engine trapped in an ugly shrunken Corvair-looking two door with gobs of oversteer...who the hell puts swing axles on a FRONT suspension??
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Sunbeam (Hillman) Imp.jpg 
Views:	10 
Size:	54.5 KB 
ID:	25670

    Well -- that's a start...I did not mention the Honda 600 Z-Coupe above as it is not European...but it is a small car by any standards -- 600 cc air cooled twin FWD. Those are 10 inch rims...so you can see it is not a large vehicle. At 123 inches long that is just under 10 feet! Curb weight is about 1320 pounds...
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Honda 600 Z-Coupe.jpg 
Views:	10 
Size:	27.8 KB 
ID:	25671

    Chuck [INDENT]
    andy b. likes this.

  12. Top | #8
    Chuckv's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Last Online
    Today @ 10:52 AM
    Location
    Pacific Northwest
    Posts
    1,403
    Thanks
    10
    Thanked 388 Times in 311 Posts
    56FordGuy,

    Thanks for the link -- lots of interesting stuff there.

    I agree with Terry that some of the micro-cars would be a bit of a pucker factor in most contemporary traffic situations. Even my Lotus was a bit uncomfortable to drive in heavy traffic as it was only about 40 inches tall at the roof-line. I specifically chose that color green (called Pistachio) to stand out visually...

    Plus, being a bit older and perhaps wiser (at least a bit more cynical...) I worry about unskilled and inattentive drivers, plus all the substance abuse on top of that. Because of these factors I no longer ride my bicycles on public roads, even though I used to commute by bike in Palo Alto in the '80s and '90s. A friend my age once postulated that a good traffic licensing plan would require two years of commuting by bicycle to understand traffic dynamics, two years of riding motorcycle to understand physics, and all those that survive could be issued driver's licenses for cars...

    Not listed in the more unusual and/or desirable small cars above were my 1959 Morris Minor (1000 cc sedan much the same size as a VW Beetle) or the 1960 Morris Mini (849cc transverse mounted front wheel drive - anemic compared to the Cooper versions with the larger engines) or the 1963 MG 1100 sedan which was a bit larger version than the Mini of that period of the transverse engine/FWD configuration. Here are some representative images to jog your memory. All of these were imported to the US at one time or another in moderate quantities...
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Morris Minor.jpg 
Views:	12 
Size:	68.1 KB 
ID:	25676 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Morris Mini.jpg 
Views:	12 
Size:	32.1 KB 
ID:	25677 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	MG 1100 sedan.jpg 
Views:	12 
Size:	39.5 KB 
ID:	25678

    Chuck

  13. Top | #9
    CyberShanks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Last Online
    02-28-2019 @ 01:30 PM
    Location
    Ackworth, IA
    Posts
    894
    Thanks
    45
    Thanked 58 Times in 54 Posts
    My Jeeps tires are 40" tall. You could have seen under it I bet. ;)
    '11 3005 4wd R4s w/300 & 60" Std w/Pirahna tb, Artillian 36" forks, Custom 83" SnowBear front blade, Frontier RB2060 blade, King Kutter TG-G-60 tiller and RFM-72 mower, Spee-Co Model-65 phd, Fimco LG-40-3PT sprayer, Tarter SUBY and TMY, Agri-Fab 24x48LR lawn roller & John Deere BW15073 and 6x42lb weights.
    '12 ZTrak Pro 925A-EFi w/60" 7-Iron, AgriFab SmartLink w/(aerator/dethacher/roller), 130lb Spreader & 350lb Poly Cart.

  14. Top | #10
    etcallhome's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Last Online
    Today @ 03:26 PM
    Location
    Preston County WV
    Posts
    13,360
    Thanks
    3,258
    Thanked 2,455 Times in 1,580 Posts
    I owned a 69 Buick Opel Kadett, and had a 69 VW Karmann Ghia hardtop. Only thing I didn't like on the Karmann Ghia was the heating , lack of heating ,
    Left foot would roast off, windshield barely able to see out of . Course anyone owning a VW at some point had the same problem.
    Gene

    Have fun and be safe !!!
    USAR 8yr 8 mo SSG 99th ARCOM
    JD 1025R, H120 FEL 54" bucket, 54" mmm Auto Conn, 54" Front blade, JD back hoe ,JD IMatch, 48" Bush Hog tiller, Middlebuster from MF dealer, used King Kutter 5' rear blade, a new 47" JD Front blower and Original Tractor cab w/heater.
    We have a Red Honda Pioneer 700-4 (4 seater) w/soft top , doors, and winch.

  15. Remove Advertisements
    GreenTractorTalk.com
    Advertisements
     

Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Calling all cars, my tractor is slipping!!
    By 20yearsyoung in forum Lawn & Garden Tractors
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-23-2013, 03:06 AM
  2. European vs. North American
    By Thowle in forum Agricultural Tractors
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-14-2013, 08:47 AM
  3. Lets talk Sports Cars........ Please.
    By Brian in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 09-26-2011, 11:38 PM
  4. European 1026R model
    By MrKAA in forum Sub Compact Utility Tractors (SCUT)
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-30-2011, 08:12 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •