Gordon Murray, legendary designer of the venerable McLaren F1, recently unveiled his T.25 city car. The pint-sized, gas-sipping car represents the designer’s vision of the perfect mode of urban transportation. Here’s the thing: I think the perfect microcar has already been designed. In 1953. This is the Moretti 750 Gran Sport, a tiny little sports car powered by a twin-cam 750cc inline four. It was built by Giovanni Moretti, an engineer who built racing engines for motorcycles. The car has a Lilliputian 78-inch wheelbase, weighs a hair over 1,000 pounds, and seats two comfortably. Its race-bred engine puts out 71 horsepower—that’s 14 pounds per horsepower, the same power-to-weight ratio as a MINI Cooper S. It gets great gas mileage. And, most importantly, it’s drop-dead gorgeous. Of course, it’d crumple like tinfoil in any kind of crash whatsoever. But it’d be worth it. Hit the jump for more pictures of this diminutive beauty.
Source: Sports Car Digest