Peel P50, World’s Smallest Car is Back

| March 21, 2012 |

Those of you are passionately mad about cars, or are old enough to remember cars that existed in the UK half a century ago, may recall the Peel P50. These three-wheeled micro-cars were manufactured on the Isle of Man by the Peel Engineering Company between 1962 and 1965.

The Peel 50 measured only about 137 cm in length and 104 cm in width, and weighed just about 60 Kg. It could accommodate only one person.

By comparison, the Tata Nano, currently the smallest car produced commercially, measures 310 cm in length and about 223 cm in width; it weighs 600 Kg and can accommodate two adults and two children.

Fifty years after the first P50 made its appearance, commercial-scale replicas of the P50 and the Peel Trident are to be made by a two-year old company that’s also called The Peel Engineering Company. The original company by that name ceased to exist in 1974.

The replicas will be available in both petrol and electric models. The petrol version is powered by a 49 cc four stroke CVT engine and is reportedly able to deliver fuel efficiency of 50 km/litre.

The electric version is powered by a DC brushless CVT motor. The removable battery pack offers a range of around 30 Km. Both models have a top speed of around 65 Kmph.

Also on offer is a replica of the bubble-domed Peel Trident, which was originally manufactured during 1965 and 1966. Larger than the P50, the Trident had enough space for a detachable shopping basket too.

Prices for the working replicas start at £8,000 ($12,600) (the original P50 and Peel Trident were priced between £150 and £200).

Check out this funny video where Jeremy Clarkson drives the P50 into the BBC offices: 





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