Phoenix-based Austin Coulson wanted to build a custom car, but one for the record books, so he came up with this. The body was sourced from a 57′ Chevy Bel Air mockup, which he cut to fit over the frame he built himself, from scratch, and added the engine, transmission and drive-train from a street-legal quad. The world’s smallest street-legal car measures 63.5 cm (25 in) tall, 65.41 cm (25.8 in) wide and 126.47 cm (50 in) long. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Although it’s not the world’s most comfortable car, Austin loves to take his tiny vehicle out for a spin every once in a while, just to turn people’s heads. He says most often people ask about the fuel mileage, since its reduced size makes the car seem super efficient in that department.
Coulson says the fuel tank has a capacity of just half-a-gallon, and that the last time he checked fuel efficiency, it was about 45 miles per gallon. Because the record-setting buggy is classified as a a low-speed vehicle, it can only go on local roads marked for up to 25 mph, but Austin says it goes as fast as 33 mph.