Jan
18
Mini Car Ads, Mini Cars

1956 Bond Minicar

When the Smart ForTwo was introduced for the 2008 model year, uninformed detractors of the diminutive two-seater devoted considerable energy to worrying about how unsafe such a small car would be in a crash. Count my mother among them.

What folks should have been worried about was the car’s brittle ride, crude drivetrain, and sub-40-mpg performance in real-world driving. Because as it turned out, the Smart was actually a crash-test ace.

The 2008 ForTwo was awarded IIHS top ratings for its front- and side-impact performance–an honor that didn’t really goose sales as much as the folks at Smart would have liked. However, it’s good to know that anyone lured in by the ForTwo’s attractive base price and its perky profile would at least stand a chance in a collision with a Ford Excursion or UPS truck.

We seriously doubt that the mini cars of the past offered similar levels of crashworthiness–at least not the ones presented below. Here, we’ve collected ten classic ads for vintage mini cars–most of which were considerably lighter, and smaller, than the Smart ForTwo.

If, by chance, you’ve ever enjoyed some seat time in one of these Tinkerbell-sized machines, please tell us about it. The place to leave comments is down below the last car.

More classic ads

 

1954 AC Petite

1954 AC Petite

1954 AC Petite Ad

Quicksilver Madness! 15 Classic Mercury Ads

 

1957 BMW Isetta

1957 BMW Isetta Ad

1957 BMW Isetta Ad

Cocktail Madness! A Gallery of Cars in Liquor Ads

 

1956 Bond Minicar

1956 Bond Minicar

1956 Bond Minicar Ad

Feline Madness! A Gallery of Mercury Cougar Ads

 

1941 Crosley

1941 Crosley Ad

1941 Crosley Ad

Nicotine Madness! A Gallery of Cars in Cigarette Ads

 

1950 King Midget

1950 King Midget Ad

1950 King Midget Ad

Grabowsky Madness! 10 Classic GMC Ads

 

1967 Morris Mini Moke

1967 Morris Mini Moke

1967 Morris Mini Moke Ad

Dead-Brand Madness! 10 Classic DeSoto Ads

 

1960 NSU Prinz

1960 NSU Prinz

1960 NSU Prinz Ad

Dead-Brand Madness! 10 Classic Edsel Ads

 

1962 Reliant Regal

1962 Reliant Regal

1962 Reliant Regal Ad

Model-Year Madness! 10 Classic Ads From 1982

 

1957 Scootacar

1957 Scootacar

1957 Scootacar Ad

Soccer Mom Madness! 10 Classic Minivan Ads

 

1963 Trojan 200

1963 Trojan 200

1963 Trojan 200 Ad

Law-Enforcement Madness! 35 Police Car Brochure Covers

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