World’s smallest single-seater car returns
The single-seater Peel P50, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest production car ever made has been resurrected by two British businessmen.
Sydney: The single-seater Peel P50, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest production car ever made has been resurrected by two British businessmen.
The three-wheeled car, famously driven through the corridors of the BBC by ‘Top Gear’ presenter Jeremy Clarkson, is being revived in a small production run of just 25 units.
The company is also building a limited 25-car run of the diminutive bubble-top two-seater, the Trident.
Only 50 P50s and 45 Tridents were made in the 1960s and the new owners, car enthusiasts Gary Hillman and Faizal Khan, claim that original models sell for as much as 150,000 dollars.
The pair is hoping to develop a merchandise business to capitalise on the retro appeal of the quirky runabouts.
Both cars are almost identical to the originals built in the ‘60s in the town of Peel on the Isle of Man.
The P50 weighed less than 60 kilograms and was just 137cm long, while the Trident tipped the scales at just 90kg, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Both cars could be lifted by their rear bumper and wheeled in to tight parking spots.
The P50’s early advertising material said it had enough room for “one adult and a shopping bag”.
It had a single door on the left hand side, one windscreen wiper and one headlight.
But the latest incarnation has a modern twist, with both cars available with two electric motors putting out just 1kW, while hire go-karts have between 4kW and 10kW.
The electric vehicle has a top speed of 12km/h and a range of about 25 kilometres.
Prices start at about 18,500 dollars.
According to reports, only nine of the vehicles are left.