Car of 1962: Peel P50
Amid the Alfa Romeo Giulias, Ford Cortinas, Jensen C-V8s, Lotus Elans, MGBs and Triumph Spitfires and Vitesses that first saw the light in 1962, one new machine slipped almost imperceptibly into the world. As the world’s smallest production car, the Peel P50 was never going to be that noticeable anyway, but it was only several decades after its demise that it gained real recognition.
P50s were put together on the Isle of Man as runarounds capable of carrying one adult and a shopping bag. Power came from a 49cc DKW engine, but even this paltry muscle was enough to propel the blocky three-wheelers to a terrifying 37mph. They were, however, very economical, priced at £199 and claiming 100mpg.