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The world's tiniest car

The Peel P50 is the world's smallest car. But that didn't stop owner Alex Orchin from driving 1400km across Britain in it!

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The Peel P50 is a three-wheeled microcar originally made from 1962 to 1965 by the Peel Engineering Company on the Isle of Man, and then from 2011 to present.

It was listed in the 2010 Guinness World Records as the smallest car ever made.

The original model has no reverse gear, but a handle at the rear allows the car to be maneuvered physically!

Designed as a city car, it was advertised in the 1960s 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 windshield wiper and one headlight.

The car was made in white, red and blue.

The 1963 model retailed for £199 when new (about £6,600 in 2019, or US$8,500).

The company produced 50 P50s, of which 27 are known to still exist, one of which was sold for a record US$176,000 at a Sotheby's auction in March 2016.

In 2010 Peel Engineering Ltd. in England reinstated manufacturing of the P50 in Sutton-in-Ashfield, England.

Externally this car is very similar to the original but with mechanical differences in the suspension, steering, and a fully functioning reverse gear, ensuring they are road-legal under today's rules.

The P50 can go up to 47 km/h.





Source: DW Euromaxx

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