1962 << Peel 50 >>, the smallest road-legal car ever produced !
The Peel P50 was a three-wheeled microcar manufactured in 1962 and 1965 by the Manx Peel Engineering Company.
Designed as a city car, it was advertised as capable of seating « one adult and a shopping bag. »
It retailed for £199 when new, and currently holds the record for the smallest-ever automobile to go into production.
The vehicle’s only door was on its left side, and equipment included a single windscreen wiper and only one headlight.
Standard colours were Daytona White, Dragon Red and Dark Blue.
The prototypes for this model were referred to as Peel P55 Saloon Scooters having one front wheel and 2 rear wheels – the opposite way round from the production Peel P50.
Despite its diminutive stature, the Peel P50 is road-legal in the UK.
The makers claimed it was capable of an impressive 100 UK MPG (2.8L/100km, 83 US MPG).
Some of the cars have been exported to other countries outside the UK, although it might not be road-legal in these countries.
With generous help from The Manx Heritage Foundation, The Public Lottery Trustees, a great deal of fundraising and several anonymous donations they managed to raise the £10,500 needed to bring it home.
In 2004 The Peel Transport Museum became aware of a 1962 P50 being sold in Cheshire.
To date almost 30 Peel P50 and Trident replicas have been built or are being constructed by enthusiasts around the World.
Some replicas have modern engines with electric start and automatic drive, making them easier to drive and maintain.
Many parts are available from autojumbles etc., and other parts have been remade.
Kits and complete cars are available : http://homepage.ntlworld.com/andy.carter/replicas.html