Take A Closer Look At The World's Smallest Car

Peel P50

Photo: Courtesy Peel Engineering

Some of you may think that the Mini Cooper, Scion iQ, or Smart is the smallest car in the world.But you’d be way off.

Made in a factory on the Isle of Mann, the diminutive Peel P50 is the tiniest car on the road today.

A cult classic, the Peel was a relative unknown until British motoring show Top Gear brought it into the mainstream with a hilarious adventure in 2007.

Since then, interest in the Peel has grown exponentially. In fact, so much interest has developed that earlier this year it was announced that the P50 would be re-entering production.

But what else is there to know about this little ride?

Production began in the early 1960s and then ended in 1964 with just 50 cars built.

Of those 50, just 27 of the cars still exist.

The resurgence in popularity led Peel to began to build the P50 once again, and the car currently has very limited availability.

At 54 inches long and 41 inches wide, the P50 has been the smallest car in the world since 1962.

As you would expect, the P50 cannot carry much. Basically, it can hold one person and a briefcase.

The three-wheeled P50 can actually go 40 MPH but it probably feels incredibly fast. The P50 doesn't have a reverse gear, but it is light enough to be picked up by a handle and turned around.

Even though the Peel only has three wheels, it has perfect weight distribution between the front and rear.

It isn't what you'd call powerful. The P50 has a whopping 3.4 horsepower. Thankfully it only weighs 130 pounds.

Every single Peel is handbuilt, as they have been for 50 years. It must be easier to build a Peel by hand than a Rolls Royce.

Standard equipment includes an electric windshield wiper, windshield washer, and one leather seat. Luxury!

Now take a look at the famous segment when the P50 was featured on Top Gear.

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