Meet the Bampy P50 microcar [w/video]

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?

What we have here in the Bampy P50 is a modernized replica of the Peel P-50. By modernized we mean that the Bampy has a reverse gear, an automatic transmission and a windshield that – thanks to the advent of safety glass – no longer breaks into potentially lethal shards.

What stays the same is the microcar's smallest-in-the-world dimensions. The Bampy P50 measures 52.8 inches long, measures 39 inches width and 47.2 inches tall. Perhaps most impressive of all, though, is the microcar's approximate weight: just 130 or so pounds.

Power for the Bampy P50 comes from a 3.35-horsepower, 49-cc four-stroke engine. Them horses propel the Bampy to a top speed of 28 miles per hour. The UK firm behind this modernized P50, Bampy Cars Limited, doesn't talk fuel economy, but it's probably safe to assume the Bamby P50 makes the Toyota Prius seem a gas-guzzling machine.

Now, here's the bad news: Bampy is asking roughly $12,000 for its hand-built P50 replicas and we'd assume that registering one for use on U.S. streets is next to impossible. Oh, well. At least there's video of the Bampy P50 and of Clarkson driving the Peel waiting for you after the jump.

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