1963 GM Runabout Concept

“The three-wheeled runabout will appeal especially to women because it was designed especially for shopping and other daily errands. Men will also find the Runabout a handy vehicle – well-suited for commuting, but also containing adequate load space for golf clubs and other recreational equipment.” – GM press release from 1964.

That text, plus a few scant references on the Internet, appear to be all that remains of the Runabout, a concept car that GM displayed at the 1964 World’s Fair. It was meant to fulfill a vision that’s as old a motor vehicles themselves: the dream of an everyman’s automobile that’s easy to afford and cheap to keep. Call it a “people’s car,” if you will, a true "volks wagen."