Fans of Top Gear should have no trouble remembering the Peel P50. The infamous mini-minicar was first introduced in the early 1960s (and recently brought back into production), and starred in the now-infamous Top Gear test where host Jeremy Clarkson drove the tiny car through the offices of the BBC.
Bruce Weiner's Microcar Museum in Madison, Georgia is said to be the largest collection of little cars in the world, and they're all rolling over the RM Auctions block February 15-16, 2013. Weiner spent 15 years assembling the 200-strong bounty, and beyond the size of the collection RM Auctions says many of ladybug-sized vehicles are of exceptional rarity or in the best condition or the most unusual, and are headed to auction for the first time.
To diehard fans of Top Gear, the Bampy P50 (pictured) should look strikingly similar to the microcar Jeremy Clarkson drove into BBC's elevator (season 10, episode 3). Though Clarkson drove a vintage Peel P-50, the Bampy P50 is identical. Or is it?
Lost in the jeers following Honda's move to cancel the NSX – a car it could probably sell based solely on its ridiculously wonderful exhaust note – is news that the Big H is planning an A-segment car for markets outside of Japan. Now that the microcar segment is what's cooking, and the smart fortwo isn't doing so bad on its American voyage, cars like the Toyota iQ, Volkswagen up!, and Hyundai i10 are getting lots of attention.
2014 is a very long ways off. It's pretty much impossible to predict what the automotive landscape will look like just a few years in advance, let alone a full five years. But, that's exactly what Gordon Murray's design team is trying to do with its latest project, the T25. This twenty-fifth clean-sheet design from Murray is an innovative city car that is supposed to make the most use of the little space that the car has. In fact, the T25 is expected to come in at just 2.4-meters long, which equ