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What's a KING MIDGET?



MIDGET MOTORS of Athens, Ohio built these cars from 1946 through 1970. There were these three basic models, with me (Bob) pictured in each. None of these three are exactly as built by the factory. King Midgets are so much fun to tinker with that very few remain as built--a shame.

The name "King Midget" was created by Claud Dry's wife, Helen. It was put on a badge that was the only identification ever ever used on all models of these automobiles. The plate was originally coined brass and in the Sixties was changed to a printed image on aluminum.


Though Midget Motors held several patents on technical aspects of their cars, they never trademarked or copyrighted their badge (or their publications for that matter).

In my design project with Midget Motors in 1956, I proposed to add decals as further identification to the 1957 model. Claud declined, saying they intended to add a chrome nameplate--but it never happened.

Some years ago, I created updated versions of the badge that have been used for various purposes by the King Midget Club. Shown at left is a brand new version that will adorn the Masthead of King Midget News and other publications. There's more room at the bottom for such purposes as inserting "The International King Midget Car Club" or other text as may be appropriate for various publications, chapter names, Jamborees and the like.

I'm a member of the International King Midget Car Club www.kingmidgetcarclub.org and its Western Chapter www.kingmidgetswest.club and have been editing King Midget newsletters since 1996. 

As collectible cars go, King Midgets are inexpensive (these are not for sale!). They're easy to work on and restore, with all body parts and nearly all other parts available. 

Most importantly, they're the most fun you can have on four wheels!