Everyone is pretty much off work today, right? I know we are. Our staff works so very hard to make sure they have fantastic and interesting car things to show and tell you about, so they get the day off. We’re all taking it off! But, we will have a bunch of classic Autopian stories from our not-exactly-plural year-ish of existence being pushed on social media, so if you need something car-related to devour, we still got you covered. Oh, and that’s an AMC Mighty Mite up there, which I’m showing you because of Memorial Day, and it may be my favorite of the American not-jeeps.
The Mighty Mite was designed to be a smaller sort of Jeep that could be easily dropped by parachute from airplanes, and was very small and light. It used one of the vanishingly few American-designed-and-produced automotive air-cooled V4 engines, even! Eventually, though, better helicopters made it unnecessary since they could just drop regular, heavier Jeeps.
Once, back at the old site, I even speculated that all of the engineering developed for the Mighty Mite could have been used to make an AMC competitor to the Volkswagen:
I liked that story.
I also decided to showcase the Mighty Mite because it was primarily intended for the Marines, and my dad was a Marine. He was a little guy, like I am, and taught Judo in the 1950s to Marines. He used to say they picked him because he was small and the guys could throw him easier and build confidence, but I think there was probably more to it than that.
Anyway, have a great and meaningful Memorial Day! We’ll see you tomorrow! Have fun!