Photos of 5 Minicars

1960 Fiat Multipla

The Volkswagen Microbus, Austin Mini and the original Dodge Caravan have all been hailed as revolutions in automotive packaging. But it was the Multipla that crammed the most people into the least space. Less than 12′ long, it seated 6. Captain chairs, cup holders and DVD players were not part of the package, but extreme claustrophobia was standard equipment. Sold for $66,125.”

Credit: Darin Schnabel/RM Auctions

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Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

5 Responses to Photos of 5 Minicars

  1. Gill says:

    My favorite of the small Euro vehicles was "The Farmobile" why somebody (like Dodge) doesn't revive something like this is beyond me.

    http://www.allpar.com/cars/adopted/farmobil.html

    Gill

  2. Anonymous says:

    the sixty six grand price is what that particular one sold for at the recent Bruce Weiner microcar auction-
    http://www.rmauctions.com/results/result.cfm?feature=No&category=Cars&salecode=BW13&sort=lot&view=list&currency=&toYear=&fromYear=&make=&lot=
    He was the number one collector, worldwide, of tiny cars, and he decided to liquidate. Only kept a dozen or so…

    new, a multipla was a lot cheaper. 800 pounds, in Great Britain, in about 1958 or so. Figure about triple that in dollars, at the time.
    Fiat actually made a new Multipla, bigger, but still ugly in a cute way- they use em for taxis in Italy, I have ridden in a few.

    ries

  3. Lloyd Kahn says:

    ries,

    Check out the 1913 Alfa Romeo for a real original design: http://shltr.net/fiatb4dymax

  4. Michael J. says:

    What a fun auction that would have been to attend ! Top selling car was a 1958 F.M.R. Tg 500 Tiger Messerschmitt for $322,000 (with 15% fee included). I actually would have preferred the 1963 Goggomobil Krispy Kreme Transporter for a mere $92,000…

  5. Anonymous says:

    My favorite is the ''Renault 4 CV''.

    my parents bought a secondhand model with their savings in 1960 – our first car – unfortunately, they didn't have enough money to pay an insurance policy and the car remained unused for some months… my sister and I spent hours in it, playing imaginery drivers & travellers !

    the 4 CV was the first popular post-war car – very tiny but we loved it. When we left for holidays, it was crammed full – a funny and exciting expedition.

    Steven Weinberg travels all around the world with his vintage Renault 4 CV (a new adventure is coming soon).
    Pictures of his travel in USA :
    http://www.weinberg.lu/gallerie.php?partie=autour&id=817

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