The World's Smallest Car Doesn't Come Cheap

The World's Smallest Car Doesn't Come Cheap

The Peel P50 claimed to be the world's smallest production vehicle, and was so acknowledged by even the folks at Guinness. It was manufactured by Peel, the automaker who also once made the auto-monster Trident.



Originally just a fibre glass box on wheels created for a display at a 1962 Cycle and Motorcycle Show at Earls Court, public interest led Peel to develop an actual product from the prototype. A mere 47 were built on the Isle of Man in the early 60's.



The original Peel P50 was available in three shades - Daytona White, Dragon Red, Capri Blue and Sunshine Yellow and retailed at £199. Now, only 26 of this three-wheeled single-seater micro-car are believed to survive.



It was powered by a 4.5-hp two-stroke single-cylinder engine and sports drum brakes (cable-operated!) and coil springs at the front and rear. It could reach a top speed of 38mph (61km/h).



It also used a three-speed gearbox, with no reverse gear. for turning the car around, you can make use of a handle on the rear of the car! For a detailed description, check out this video from BBC's Top Gear.



A P50 was sold on RM Sotheby's auction block at Amelia Island this week. The  full restored tiny specimen witnessed a "hotly contested" bidding war before being finally sold for a remarkable $176,000. Well, in this case "less" surely was worth a lot!
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