Search Cars for Sale

Autotrader Find: Very Colorful 2009 Smart Fortwo

The Smart brand has come and gone in North America. It entered the U.S. market at an inopportune time for tiny city cars and it unfortunately just didn’t last. Not only was the timing not ideal, but the U.S. version of the car just wasn’t all that efficient considering its size and underwhelming performance.

However, the Smart found a cult following to the point of some folks customizing them to be even more unique. One such example is today’s Autotrader Find; a 2009 Smart Fortwo that’s covered in what looks like colorful ribbons.

What’s the Deal with Smart?

Smart is a division of Daimler AG, which is the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, and others. The history of the marque is a little complicated. The idea started out with the CEO of SMH, which would later become Swatch Group. That’s right, as in the watch company. Swatch has a reputation for its individuality and unique designs and CEO Nicolas Hayek thought it would be cool to translate that brand image to a car. Since starting your own car company is a big job, he sought a partner to make the dream of the “Swatchmobile” come alive.

After an agreement with Volkswagen fizzled out and pitches to GM, Fiat, BMW, and Renault failed, Hayek eventually struck a deal with Daimler-Benz AG. The name “Smart” was created to mean “Swatch Mercedes ART” even though the Swatch brand made no contribution to the design of the cars that would be produced by the brand.

The Smart Fortwo was the first production vehicle from the new brand and it was a hit in Europe. The brand decided to go more global with the second-gen model, which included North America. Unfortunately for Daimler, tiny city cars just aren’t all that popular in the States. This was also at a time when SUV-mania was really taking off.

Small Car, Big Quirks

That said, the Smart did have some love in North America. People loved it for its quirky, distinctly European character. Despite its shortcomings, there was nothing else quite like it, including from other Euro brands of tiny cars like Mini and Fiat. Two seats, a tiny rear-mounted engine, and an available folding top were just a few of the many unique touches of the Smart.

The one you see here turns up the quirkiness to the next level. It has a unique aesthetic that appears to be colorful ribbons all over the body. It appears to be a wrap that’s incomplete in the back where it gets a little patchy. It also has the aforementioned available cabrio top that adds to the fun factor.

The asking price for this Smart with just under 70k miles on it is only $4,900. That’s a great price according to our KBB pricing tool. So, if you’re in the market for a tiny city car that really stands out around Antioch, CA, this eye-popping Smart is worth a look. Find a smart for two for sale

Sign up for Autotrader newsletters

The best cars and best deals delivered to your inbox

Email Address 

Where You Can Buy

Loading dealers...

Leave a Comment

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

Most Popular Articles

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: First Look

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid jumps to the head of the hybrid class.

Best New Cars for 2022

Here is our list of the best new cars for 2022 (presented in alphabetical order by manufacturer).

Best Car Deals: January 2023

This month's best new car deals include several attractive offers for qualified shoppers.

Search By Style

More Articles Like This