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Lot 166: Peel P50 Prototype

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

he Peel P50 is a three-wheeled microcar, designed by Cyril Cannell and originally manufactured from 1962 to 1965 by the Peel Engineering Company on the Isle of Man. It currently holds the record for the smallest automobile to go into production.

Designed as a city car, it was advertised as capable of seating one adult and a shopping bag. The vehicle's only door was on its left side and equipment included a single windscreen wiper and only one headlight. Standard colours were Daytona White, Dragon Red and Dark Blue. The 1963 model retailed for �199 when new (about �1,400 in 2010, or $2,200 USD). 50 of them were produced, and only 27 of them are known to be still in existence.

This famous Peel P50, is the original prototype (also known as the Peel P55 Saloon Scooter) which was first shown at the 1962 Earls Court Motorcycle Show.

The prototype was a unique car as, though it had the provision of an engine, there was uniquely no provision for the drive train to the rear axle and was consequently pushed around for evaluation. This led the design team to the conclusion that changing the configuration from 1 wheel at the front to two at the front as this was far more stable for the production P50's.

This car was purchased directly from Cyril Cannell, the founder of Peel Engineering in the early 1970's.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number166
Estimate£22000-£26000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£18880
Year1962
Condition rating0
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