1956 King Midget Series II
Sold For $21,850Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
Manufacturer: Midget Motors Corporation
Origin: Athens, Georgia, U.S.A.
Motor: Wisconsin 1-cyl, 4-stroke, L-head
Displacement: 380 cc
Power: 8 hp
Length: 8 ft.
Identification No. V5893
In 1951, a much more practical car was offered by Dry and Orcutt. It was called the Series II, and it resembled the Jeep, with its square-cornered fenders. Intended for shopping or the golf course, the car gained a considerable following, and it was produced for five years. It is still seen today in Shriners parades. The dimensions of the car were chosen to be that of a four foot by eight foot sheet of plywood, so that four could fit side by side on a railway car. This way, the car could be shipped efficiently and directly by the customer himself, who took the key that was tied to the battery cable, put some gas in it, and drove away. Parts came from various parts suppliers, such as the Crosley firm in Cincinnati, who supplied the steering wheel and muffler.
The convertible top bows did not fold down, but they were completely removable and could be left at home. Drive was by a chain to one wheel, and the brakes were on the rear wheels only. Options included an automatic transmission and a long list of accessories, including wooden doors with canvas side-window inserts. By now, the price was $550 USD. Finished in black, the example shown here is a very beautifully restored version of the deluxe second series Midgets.
Please note that the King was built in Athens, Ohio not Athens, Georgia as stated in the catalogue. Please also note that the ID number for this vehicle is V58932.