Car of 1962: Peel P50

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - The Way We Were -

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.

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