Dwarf Car Cruisers


In a hideaway-like workshop near Maricopa, AZ lives a man with amazing talent. His name is Ernie Adams and he builds Dwarf Cars for fun.

A Dwarf Cars are not models. They are scaled down, hand built, fully operational vehicles. The windows roll up and down, the doors open and close effortlessly. The bodies are hammered out of 20 gauge metal, every piece hand made from scratch. Everything else, including the bumpers, grills, even the functioning spotlights on the '49 Merc was made from flat metal. Quite a feat for someone who started out not knowing how to shape metal and with little more than a torch, a good eye, and the most basic hand tools.

WHERE DID THE NAME DWARF CAR COME FROM?
The name “Dwarf Car” did not come about until 1980 when Ernie Adams and Daren Schmaltz built the first two miniature race cars, calling them "DWARF CARS".
Photo courtesy of Dwarf Car Promotions
1928 GRANDPA DWARF
Ernie's first car, made almost entirely out of the steel from 9 old refrigerators, came to life in 1965 as a 1928 Chevy two-door sedan. Imagine building this entire car with nothing more that a hacksaw made from an old chair, a hammer, chisel, and an acetylene torch.
Photo courtesy of Dwarf Car Promotions
1939 CHEVY
According to the site, Ernie began construction on the Chevy in 1990. He spent two and a half years from start to finish. This car is a solid 1770 lbs. and will cruise at highway speeds with ease. Ernie’s '39 Chevy Dwarf has been on the road for sixteen years and has 54,000 miles on it to date.
Photo courtesy of Dwarf Car Promotions
1942 FORD CONVERTIBLE
Like the original 42 Ford, Ernie’s 42 Dwarf has a straight axle with front and rear suspension using a transverse leaf spring. He also fabricated a hydraulic convertible top that is fully operational. Ernie spent seven years constructing his “42.” He finished up in 1999 and registered the car as Street Legal, 1999 Home Made.
Photo courtesy of Dwarf Car Promotions
1949 MERCURY
Just as the ’39 Chevy and ’42 Ford Dwarfs, the Mercury has many attractive features such as baby moon hubcaps with beauty rings, fender skirts, two spotlights, front disc brakes, roll up windows and a bench seat. This car is “Nose-and-Decked,” sporting a Fulton-style sun visor and Lakes pipes. Ernie used a 1290cc Toyota motor with a Toyota drive train.
Photo courtesy of Dwarf Car Promotions

These two photos really help to bring then scale of these cars into perspective.

Ernie is currently in construction on a 1934 Ford Dwarf 2-door sedan and plans to finish up by the summer of 2012. 

To learn all about these cars and more please visit the Dwarf Car Cruisers website.
Photo courtesy of Dwarf Car Promotions




Remember, Preserving Automotive History...One Car At a Time® is not just a slogan. It's what we do.