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Small and quirky, microcars have become increasingly popular among collectors in recent years thanks to their uniqueness, minimal storage space requirements, and their comparative low cost of acquisition, restoration, and maintenance. The Petersen Automotive Museum Microcar exhibition describes and presents the history of the world’s smallest automobiles, most of which were electric or powered by tiny internal combustion engines. It explains why microcars like the German BMW Isetta, British Nobel, and American King Midget eventually fell out of favor with the buying public and describes the recent resurgence in interest in microcars among aficionados. Finally, the exhibition describes microcars in production today and illustrates how their designs have changed to reflect modern concerns and sensibilities.

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