• Nov 11th 2007 at 11:13AM
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Thanks to my international network of secret sources, I am happy to bring to ABG readers, from the Isle of Man, none other than the true mini of minicars, the Peel P50, recently re-discovered on British TV - don't miss it. As you may not believe in the Peel P50, check out a few more snaps after the break.

Thanks to the Spitfire aircraft of World War 2, the Brits seem to have a deep affection for three-wheeled vehicles - two in the front, one in the rear. Fuel wasn't cheap after World War II ended and in the early 1960s, folks on the damp Isle of Man, where fiberglass technology had some success, came up with this vehicle: enclosed, basic transportation that was highly economical. How economical? How about 100 mi/gallon!!

The P50 was 50 cc engine powered, lightweight, and was mass produced (in the dozens), but was frankly not quite up to 21st century safety standards. On the other hand, there is something here that is interesting. Let's say we put some structure around it, perhaps a roll bar and an airbag, give it bigger tires, a bigger, quieter engine, with a top speed of say, 100 kph (62 mph). How many millions of us could get to work, to the doctor, or (in)to a friend's house in a revised P50?

[Source: Flixxy]




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      • 7 Years Ago
      This car is awsome, i would love to have one but everyone seems to be worried about it being a bad vehicle to crash in, i think it would be just as bad as a motorbike crash really...

      Also if anyone knows where to buy one, please reply to this

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        • 5 Years Ago
        i think in the us
        but i think u can buy them some where in london (england)
        :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am looking to buy a peel p50 but i dont no where to buiy one from if u know please tell me.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great idea,Our 3 wheelers are similar in look.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Was featured on Top Gear episode on October 28, 2007
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think you could easily make an engine today that is double the size of the original yet even more efficient. A crash structure, airbag, and larger tires hardly comprises excessive feature bloat, merely the bare necessity to get such a car licensed for production today.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They cost 8500 dollars and 8500 for the trailor and you cant buy them seperate so the total price is 17,000 dollars
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Let's say we put some structure around it, perhaps a roll bar and an airbag, give it bigger tires, a bigger, quieter engine, with a top speed of say, 100 kph (62 mph). How many millions of us could get to work, to the doctor, or (in)to a friend's house in a revised P50?"

      If you did that, you sure wouldn't get 100 MPG. The only way you can reach that number is with a lightweight car and a small engine. Feature bloat as you describe above, is entirely to blame for the increase in weight of every car ever made with each passing model year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      THIS CAR IS ******* AWSOME!!! where can i get one?!?!?!?!?!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ahh, those wacky Brits, gotta love em. I hope to attend the TT races there someday.
      • 7 Years Ago
      where can i buy one, as long as it runs i would like to know how i can buy one? please if u r lookingh to sell a peel p50 microcar then contact me
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Tourist Trophy races take place on the Isle of Man. The Isle of Man is not part of the UK. The residents aren't British, they're Manx.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hi, can you buy this car somewhere?? really need to know? thank you :)
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