Mechanical Contrivance

An entry in the Maryville/Alcoa Jaycees Christmas Parade gave me a lesson in automotive history. Up until yesterday, I had no idea there was such a thing as a King Midget. At first I thought it was a souped-up golf cart and not street-legal. The owner, James Owen, told me that the cars were sold to low-income customers after World War II. The company had no showrooms or inventory. Each car was built to order.

James is selling the car on eBay to finance another restoration project. He told me that his 1961 Model 3 King Midget should go for about $6,000. He put a lot of time and effort into the car, including $1,800 on paint. He was proud of the fact that there is no Bondo on the chassis. The Christmas decorations are not included.

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