Ironically, this little motor owes its existence to a fuel crisis. In 1956 the Suez Crisis brought about a fuel shortage in the UK. The British, although they had been accustomed to rationing everything during the Second World War, found that because of the conflict over in Suez that fuel was once again scarce - and expensive. Sales of car plummeted, but the market for the cheap and small German Bubble car boomed. The then head of the BMC reportedly stated in a fit of uniquely British apoplexy ‘God damn these bloody awful Bubble Cars. We must drive them off the road by designing a proper miniature car’.
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