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1965 King Midget Series III

A new King Midget was introduced in mid-1957. This "third-series" K-M was improved in many ways. The Styling was all-new. With squared fenders and hood, it bore a strong resemblance to a Jeep in miniature.

Wheelbase now measured 76 inches, while overall length increased to 117 inches, up more than a foot from the second-series cars. A rear mounted, air-cooled Wisconsin single cylinder engine was used again, now with 9 horsepower. Bumpers were larger, front and rear tread were both up two inches, to 44, and tire size was increased to 5.70 x 8. Bodies were now of semi-unit construction, with frame and-body components welded together for improved strength. Brakes were hydraulic to all four wheels. As in the past, the new K-M came with a six-volt electrical system. Weight increased, to about 700 pounds.

In about 1959 wooden doors were replace by aluminum. In 1961, six volt ignition was replaced by 12. In 1966 the engine was upgraded to a 12 hp Kohler. Somewhat later, the aluminum doors changed to steel.

Domestically, there were no real competitors. All in all, this was the nicest and best finished King Midget ever.

Manufacturer: Midget Motors Co., Athens, Ohio, U. S. A.

Model: Series III

Motor: Kohler, K301 Body: Steel & Alum.
Years Built: 1957- 1969 No. Cylinders: 1 Chassis: Perforated Steel
No. Produced: Est 3400 Displacement: 29 ci Suspension Front: Strut
No. Surviving: Est 750 Horsepower: 12 Suspension Rear: Strut
Length: 9' 9" Gearbox: 2 speed Auto + Rev. Steering: Pinion & Gear
Width: 4' 3" Starter: Electric Brakes: Hydraulic
Weight: 670 lb Electrics: 12 v 4 Wheels: 5.70 x 8"
Interior: Bench Ignition: Coil Top Speed: 50 mph

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