The Peel P50 is a three-wheeled micro-car manufactured in 1963 and 1964 by the Manx Peel Engineering Company. This strange ugly car was designed as a town car and was advertised as capable of seating “one adult and a shopping bag”.
Recognized by the Guinness World Records as the smallest street-legal car the P50 is just 53 in long and 39 in wide, with a weight of only 132 lb. The vehicle’s only door was on its left side, and equipment included a single windscreen wiper, and only one headlight. Standard colors were Daytona White, Dragon Red, and Capri Blue. Most of the interior space is occupied by a single seat, constructed in hammock form over a steel tubular frame. The foot controls were of normal car type, and a hand lever was provided to start the engine, with gear selection via a quadrant mounted lever on the steering column. Instrumentation was non-existent, with even the speedometer being considered unnecessary on such a small vehicle.
The P50 shone in a variety of tests including a 15 mile road test in London, where it completed the route a full 30 minutes ahead of a saloon car of the day.
Although it is so small the Peel P50 is street-legal in the UK. For propulsion it uses a 49 cc DKW engine capable of a top speed of approximately 38 mph, and was equipped with a three-speed manual transmission that had no reverse gear. So if you want to turn the car in a confined area you will have to push it, or lifting it using the handle on the rear and physically pulling it round. The makers claimed it was capable of an impressive 83 US mpg.
Engine Location: Front
Drive Type: Rear Wheel
Weight: 250 lbs
Top Speed: 38 mph
Displacement: 49.00 cc (3 cu in.)
Fuel Type: Petrol