Bubble Cars and Microcars 1950





Inventors had always made tiny, economical cars, but consumers rarely bought them. The Suez crisis of 1956 and the subsequent gasoline rationing changed that-suddenly fuel economy became a priority. Existing microcars were thrust into the limelight, and new models joined the market in droves. But soon these were superseded by small conventional cars like the Fiat 500 and the Mini.