Peel P50

Peel P50

The Peel Engineering Company, based on the Isle of Man, manufactured the iconic three-wheeled microcar from 1962 to 1965. Only 50 units were produced during this period, each retailing for around £200. But what exactly did buyers get for their money?

Here's a breakdown of its features:

  • Dimensions: The microcar measures a mere 54 inches in length, 39 inches in height, and 41 inches in width.
  • Engine: Powered by a 49cc moped engine, it boasted a top speed of 38 mph and an impressive fuel efficiency of 100 miles per gallon.
  • Gearbox: Equipped with a three-speed gearbox, though notably lacking a reverse gear. However, its lightweight construction (59kgs) allowed it to be easily maneuvered by hand when necessary.
  • Design: Primarily designed for urban commuting, it was marketed as capable of accommodating one adult and a shopping bag. Street legal features included a single headlight and windscreen wiper.
Key Facts
Date of manufacture1963
ManufacturerPeel Engineering Company
Production1962 to 1965

Interesting Fact

The Peel P50 gained further notoriety when one was featured on the BBC's Top Gear program. In a memorable segment, host Jeremy Clarkson drove the microcar around the BBC offices, showcasing its unique charm and practicality.

With its single windscreen wiper, solitary headlight, and three-speed gearbox, the Peel P50 remains an enduring symbol of innovative engineering and minimalist design from the 1960s.


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