Or some­thing eas­ier to park, the £80k bub­ble car

Daily Mail - - Life -

IT’S one of the few cars to make a Reliant Robin seem roomy. And to any­one not old enough to re­mem­ber the bub­ble car craze of the 1960s, it may look like the failed pro­to­type for a fly­ing saucer.

But this Peel Tri­dent mi­cro­car is ex­pected to fetch £80,000 at auction. As one of only 45 made by Isle of Man firm Peel En­gi­neer­ing Com­pany over a two-year pe­riod, the 1965 three-wheeler is a col­lec­tor’s item. At 6ft 1in long and 3ft 3in wide, it is a dod­dle to park.

But prospec­tive buyers will not be at­tracted by the two-seater’s per­for­mance, as its 49cc, 4.2 horse­power en­gine gives it a top speed of only 38mph. The Tri­dent will be sold in Mon­terey, Cal­i­for­nia, on Au­gust 18 by its US owner, who bought it in 2014.

Col­lec­tor’s item: Only 45 Peel Tri­dents were made

Slim fit: The Tri­dent is just 3ft 3in wide

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