AUTOS: Little Leatherneck

In Quantico, Va. last week, the Marine Corps showed off its new Mighty Mite a pint-size cousin of the wartime jeep (40 inches shorter and 1,300 lbs. lighter) The spunky little auto has no muffler (the tubular frame acts as one) and no axles (each wheel is independently sprung), and can plow through knee-deep mud, ford streams, hit 45 m.p.h. on a level highway, climb an 87% grade and be airlifted by helicopter. The Marines have ordered ten Mites powered by 65-h.p. Lycoming air-cooled engines, from Mid-America Research Corp. of Wheatland, Pa.


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