Mighty Mites – the Peel P50 and Peel Trident

The Peel P50 is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s smallest car. Originally manufactured on the Isle of Man from 1962 to 1965 by Peel Engineering, it was advertised as the perfect vehicle for “one adult and a shopping bag.”
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The Peel P50 is the smallest production car in the world

Along with the bubble-topped Trident, the P50 featured tricycle design and crude construction that made it the perfect conveyance for crowded cities (provided you were able to avoid collisions with vehicles and large pedestrians). Fitted with a 49cc DKW engine that could propel the little car to 37 mph, the original models had a three-speed manual transmission that had no reverse gear, forcing the driver to manhandle it around when necessary. Fuel economy, predictably, was quite good at 100 mpg and reliability was outstanding. 


The Trident, introduced in 1964, was slightly larger and could accommodate two in a pinch.

Following on the P50’s success, the bubble-topped Trident was launched in 1964 at Earl’s Court, with slightly larger dimensions that could accommodate two small adults. Production of both models resumed in 2010 with both electric and gas powered models, and improved suspension, steering and gearboxes. They are street legal in the United States and the Trident, especially, looks particularly cool for cruising around the town.

Images courtesy of Peel Engineering

'Mighty Mites – the Peel P50 and Peel Trident' has 1 comment

  1. March 11, 2016 @ 9:19 am Oscar Estrada

    Is there a dealer in California U.S.A?. The peels are neat to putt around town.


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