Wind it up

Smartcars are cute. But when you add a turning windup key, they’re so cute it’s almost wrong. I saw this specimen in a flotilla of Smartcars in Alexandria president’s day parade last week – the custom license plate says “wnd itup”. Nice.



  1. #1 Optimus Primate
    February 21, 2009

    That is beyond awesome.

  2. #2 Anon
    February 21, 2009

    I want.

  3. #3 Kevin
    February 22, 2009

    I love it, though I doubt it will show up in smart car marketing anytime soon.

  4. #4 humorix
    February 22, 2009

    The Smart is the first car for handicapped person made by Mercedes.

  5. #5 jay
    February 22, 2009

    Considering that the original Smart car concept was developed and worked out by the developers of the Swatch watch (Mercedes took over the manufacturing part), maybe the key is not so far fetched.

  6. #6 Moopheus
    February 22, 2009

    You have to be careful of overwinding, though, or the rubber band breaks.

  7. #7 Hummingbirdscout
    February 22, 2009

    These cute smartcars are available for immediate purchase at reasonable prices here in Santa Rosa California:
    They also sell personal hovercraft! The future is NOW.

  8. #8 Blind Squirrel FCD
    February 22, 2009

    Windup keys were not uncommon on VWs back in the day.

  9. #9 Ed Yong
    February 23, 2009

    I particularly love the fact that you can just about park a Smart car perpendicularly between two other cars, so it’s facing into the road. It’s just *that* small.

  10. #10 LadyMeerkat
    February 23, 2009

    [grabby hands]
    It’s kinda of ironic given the history of cars and how it seemed to be a pain in the a***, and certainly a lot of elbow grease, to crank those first ones up!

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