The Baldi Frog has got an amazing name to go with its tiny stature.
Behold the Baldi Frog. This tiny vehicle weighs less than one thousand pounds and was the Baldi company’s answer to traffic and congestion in Italy. It contains many Fiat mechanical parts, crammed into as small a space as possible.
Body panels are fiberglass and top has a canvas sunroof, possibly to save weight and cost. The doors have no inner panels so the windows slide back and forth rather than up and down. The dash only has one gauge – a speedometer – and the rest is unlabeled lights. Running low on gas? One of these will light up to let you know – you just better remember which light it is.
The key goes straight in the dash but the starter is a nondescript lever on the floor next to the shifter. Like the rest of the controls in the Frog, it is not labeled too.
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The miniature vehicle is driven by a 595 cc two-cylinder air-cooled Fiat engine. This is the high-performance “Rally” version of the Frog. It was available with smaller engines as well, but this setup can get the car to a scorching 60 MPH.
Only 300 were produced between 1973 and 1975. This example is a 1975 and is believed to be one of only three examples in the US. Mark Lieberman is the proud owner and recently took me for a ride in it. Yes, two guys who are each over six feet tall fit into this car. For an in-depth look at this tiny car and to see how it rides, watch the video: