Jun

7

Peel P50 – the smallest car in the world

By Marius

The Peel P50 is 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.” 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. At 54 in (1,372 mm) long and 41 in (1,041 mm) wide,[3] with an unladen weight of 59 kg (130 lb) this car holds the record as the smallest ever to go into production.

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The P50 used a 49 cc (3.0 cu in) DKW engine which gave it a top speed of approximately 61 kilometres per hour (38 mph), and was equipped with a three-speed manual transmission that had no reverse gear. Approximately 50 Peel P50s were sold.