• Aug 23, 2009
Worst of Show 1980 KV Mini 1 - click above image to see the stone drivetrain

Man, talk about an honor. We knew going in how special the first annual Concours d'LeMons would be (just check out the classes). What we didn't know exactly was just how horrible the cars would be. Turns out, pretty dang horrible. This weekend at Cars and Coffee we spotted a fairly awful (and filthy) Volvo 245 wagon parked near a pristine Ferrari 275 GTB and some drool-inducing TR6s. Why? Because it had received some sort of trophy at Concours d'LeMons.

Nothing can prepare you, however, for the wretchedness of the Worst of Show-winning KV Mini 1. It's actually hard to describe how amazingly terrible this hunk of French junk is, but we'll try. First of all, there are 125 cubic-centimeters of fury under the rear hood. That kind of muscle, or lack thereof, is good for a top speed of 43 mph. Second, like a Fuldamobil, putting the KV Mini 1 in reverse is only made possible by spinning the engine backwards. Hey, why not? But the topper here has to be the car's drive stones. Literally, stones. They are fitted atop the rear wheels and yes, traction in the rain is as unimaginably terrible as you're imagining.

For the full technical rundown, check out the great write-up at Clunkbucket.com. We've included a photo of the stony drivetrain after the jump, but you faint-of-heart types might as well consider it NSFW. One more thing -- the owner towed the KV Mini 1 to Monterey from Seattle behind his MGB. Beat that.

[Source: Concours d'Lemons via Clunkbucket | Photos: Mike Bumbeck]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      That thing makes the 2CV in the background look downright sophisticated.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lovin' the hitch on the back of it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        All together now... "trailer hitch". (-:
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's all the car you need. Right there!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Smallest (carbon) FOOTPRINT....sweet!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      it has no drivetrain....the wheels are ROLLED. amazing
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, just wow, go karts are more advance I think.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can confirm that, yes, your average go-kart is about three times more advanced than this.

        Hell, your average Power Wheels runabout beats it for engineering prowess...and the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe is probably more efficient.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Heh. Nice Gaulstones.

      Sorry, I couldn't resist.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's ... wow ... I am speechless ...
      Did they not think of putting the wheels on the axle instead of putting stones on the axle?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nah... It's a new innovation called the unlimited slip differential ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm guessing it's some way of acheiving a crude sort of 'gearing' to reduce the output RPM of the engine to the wheels without the need for a whole engine... It's exceptionally crude though, and double the tyre wear, awesome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You'd have to have some stones to drive that thing on the highway!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This could only have come from the same country that made the Renault Avantime, the Clio V6, and the Citroen CX. They must all be smoking more than cigarettes!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a LeMon alright :D

      But on its defence, in France you can drive one of these without a driver's licence. So it's not really a proper car, but rather a four-wheeled sheltered means of transportation for the elderly and disabled (both mentally and physically).
        • 5 Years Ago
        ^^ And something of a step up from the three-wheel Thundersley Invacar used in the UK, which was used specifically by the handicapped and invalid for over twenty years until the early 1980's. By 2003 it became illegal to use one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      this make look american car like modern vehicles XD...and the suspension isue too ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, because the Corvette ZR-1 has a horrible suspension, and the CTS is SOOO unsophisticated.

        Your comment would have been funny about 15 or 20 years ago. Welcome to 2009!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's amazing how we've come full circle. that could easily be a NEV of today.
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