1995 King Midget
The "Series Five" 1995 King Midget proposed here assumes that at least one other major design generation had appeared between the Series Three last built in 1970 and this all-new "1995" model. The styling is deliberately a "spiritual successor" to what had gone before, but still follows the basic theme of the previous design.
The "new" King Midget features a one-piece body, which not only enhances its strength, but also keeps the styling cleaner because of the lack of crease lines and the like. From the manufacturer's point of view, the single unit eliminates the assembly time involved in using many pieces and boosts quality because there's that much less to fall off! Door and hardtop are optional, made of thermoformed SMC resin material.
Probably the most difficult aspect of "federalizing" the King Midget are the bumpers, and this has been accomplished with five-mile-per-hour impact units front and rear, which are made of thermoformed Enduraflex material finished in a neutral charcoal gray color.
To assist in keeping costs down, front, rear, and side-marker lights have been sourced from recreational vehicle component suppliers, as have been other miscellaneous parts.
The windshield frame is made of extruded aluminum, as are the optional side-window" frames, which have flap vents. These parts are bought "off the shelf" from van conversion window suppliers, again to keep costs in line.
Luggage skid ribs are molded onto the rear deck surface, a side benefit of using the one-piece resin body.
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