Weird Car Of The Day: 1964 Peel P50

During the 1950s and 1960s, the Peel P50 gained popularity as one among various microcar models. This ultra-light, single-seat, three-wheeler boasted a top speed of 38 mph, courtesy of a 49-cc 4.5-horsepower single-cylinder two-stroke Zweirad Union engine paired with a three-speed gearbox. Lacking a reverse gear, a handle at the rear facilitated manual movement when needed.

Marketed as capable of carrying “one adult and a shopping bag” and being “almost cheaper than walking,” the P50 lived up to its claim with an original retail price of £199 and reported fuel efficiency approaching 100 mpg. Despite the seemingly hyperbolic slogan, the P50, showcased at the 1962 Earls Court Motorcycle Show in London, saw approximately 47 units produced between 1962 and 1965, with fewer than 30 known to exist.

The Peel P50 holds the title of the world’s smallest production car, earning a place in the 2010 Guinness World Records. Despite its appearance, resembling a humorous design, the P50 found success in the UK and abroad, defying initial perceptions.

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