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Lot 171: Peel Trident

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

The Peel Trident was the second three-wheeled microcar made by the Peel Engineering Company on the Isle of Man. It was manufactured in 1965 and 1966. The Trident featured a clear bubble top and either two seats or one seat with a detachable shopping basket. It has been described as a terrestrial flying saucer.

Like its predecessor it was marketed as a shopping car or a Saloon Scooter. Like the P50, it uses a 49 cc DKW engine, and a top speed at 38 mph. It was advertised that the Trident got 100 miles per imperial gallon The original retail price was �190. This car is one of the smallest in the world.

The Trident made a late transatlantic media appearance in the American television series Monster Garage, when a team of engineers and fabricators attempted to fit a high-performance Suzuki Hayabusa superbike engine into the bodywork of a Trident, mounted onto a conventional go-kart frame. The project was a failure, and the unfinished car was destroyed by the show's host. BBC Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson described the Peel Trident, along with its sister, the Peel P50, as his perfect two-car garage.

Built in 1965, and finished in red this Peel is one out of 82 known to have been built. Only 31 are thought to have survived. This example narrowly averted being destroyed as it was once owned by a boy Scout group to learn mechanics. A wonderful opportunity for any collector/investor to gain a piece of history.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number171
Estimate£22000-£28000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£35400
Year1965
Condition rating0
Registration numberFLP 54C
Mileage-
Chassis number8054006000
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