Looking back, we’ve owned and driven more underpowered econoboxes than sports cars. The 24-horsepower 1978 Citroën 2CV 4 that we featured last week was our daily driver for about a year and we never managed to get it past 55 mph (90 km/h). We’ve spent thousands of miles behind the wheel of a Renault 4 with a four-cylinder engine that makes about 30 horsepower and we’ve meandered around the island of Sicily in a friend’s 18-horsepower Fiat 500.
Another underpowered classic that stands out is a worn-out 1971 Fiat 850 Spider (pictured below) that we purchased in southern Utah in 2007. The 903cc made 51 ponies when it was new but it was a fairly tired and it refused to get the car past 55 or so mph. We nonetheless drove the 850 all the way across Utah, largely on back roads in order to avoid high speeds and terrifying encounters with lifted late-model pickups cruising at 80 on I-15.
How about you, what’s the least powerful car you have ever owned and/or driven?