Microcars and Bubble Cars

Scott Benjamin

Three microcars from Bruce Weiner's collection - (left) a 1961 Messerschmitt KR 200 "Bubble Top," (center) a 1958 Rollera single seater and (right) a 1961 Messerschmitt KR 200 Sport. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

I think it was about a month ago when I said, "I love small cars." Well, it probably won't be much of a shock to hear that I love car collections, too. That's why I was so excited to hear about Bruce Weiner's Microcar Museum in Madison, Ga. This sounds like the perfect place for someone like me...and I have a feeling that after seeing a few photos of the cars in this very special collection a lot of readers will share my interest as well. After all, some of these cars are so small they make the smart fortwo (a good example of a modern microcar, by the way) look like a full-size van!

The Microcar Museum's Web site is crammed full of information about microcars -- the history of microcars, exactly what makes a microcar a microcar, directions to the museum itself, links to microcar enthusiast sites, videos and photos -- lots and lots of really great photos. In fact, if you can spare a few minutes (or even a few hours if you become addicted, like me), you can take a virtual tour of The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum -- time well-spent as far as I'm concerned. I have to admit, I didn't take the time to count all of the cars in the tour, but I'm pretty sure that most (if not all) of the more than 300 cars that Bruce claims are in his collection do show up on the tour.

So, if you're lucky enough to live within driving distance of Madison...well, do I really even have to say it? What are you waiting for? Just be sure to check the museum's hours, as they're fairly limited. Admission is only $5, so it could be a pretty affordable and fun afternoon. And for those of you that don't live anywhere close to Madison, I guess the virtual tour will just have to do for now...that is, unless you're like me and always in the mood for a nice long road trip.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. This is the perfect time to show you a funny (and I DO mean funny!) video clip. Watching Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson drive a Peel P50 inside a...well, I'll just let you be surprised by this one. This is the microcar idea taken to the extreme. All joking aside...the Peel P50 was able to reach the monumental 100 miles per gallon mark in the early 1960s. That's pretty awesome, even if it is a car that only seats one person.

I'm not kidding when I say that I would drive a car the size of a Peel P50 to and from work everyday if I could just trust that everyone else on the road wouldn't smash me into little bits. So, maybe a (slightly) larger microcar would be a better choice for me. Like I said, I love small cars.

What about you? Would you drive a microcar?

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