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Challenged for garage space? Consider this micro-car ‘collection’


A 1990 Suzuki Join 660 Deluxe van is on the block at Auction America’s Labor Day weekend sale | Larry Edsall photos

It was somewhere between the 1940 Bantam pickup truck and the 1970 Fiat Moretti 500 coupe that the idea struck me.

I was working my way up and down the aisles where Auctions America had nearly 850 cars parked last weekend at Auburn Auction Park in northeastern Indiana, when I wondered if someone might come to such a sale wanting to start a car collection but faced the reality of being challenged for garage space.

Could someone assemble an interesting group of small cars at such a venue?

Maybe I’m still jealous of those who got to attend the dispersement sale of Bruce Weiner’s Microcar Museum back in 2013. Or maybe it was the two visits this summer to the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, where Jeff Lane has filled an old bread-baking building with an eclectic car collection that includes dozens of very smallish cars.

So, what sort of car collection might someone have assembled over the Labor Day weekend at Auction America’s sale if the criteria was vehicles with footprints no larger, or just barely larger than that of an old Volkswagen Beetle?

Here’s what I found:

Photos by Larry Edsall

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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