The World’s Smallest Car

Between 1962 to 1965, the tiny Peel P50 earned a reputation as the world’s smallest production automobile, produced in small numbers on the Isle Of Man in the UK. Selling for a mere 199British pounds, the car was incredibly cheap as well. Using only a 49cc engine of moped design with a three speed manual transmission with no reverse gear, the car had significant top speed as well as other limitations, but would return a claimed 100mpg fuel economy rating, which was said to be “cheaper than walking” by the Peel company. THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS credits this car as the smallest production car of all time, but Peel did build a slightly bigger two passenger car as well. A cult-like interest in these tiny cars has brought them back since 2010 with many improvements including an all electric model as well.

The cars were smaller than most motorcycles, and could actually be brought inside for parking of all things. The cars were just 53.9 inches long and 39.4 inches wide, and only weigh in at just 130 pounds, which is incredibly light. The average driver probably weighed more than this car. And the even a 6 foot 5 inch driver could be able to fit into this tiny design of all things!

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  • I’ve seen ‘smart’ cars on the freeway. That seems like a bad idea. This, however… you mount an electromagnet in the top, go to your local truck stop, find a driver headed your way, ask if you can hitch a ride, go under his semi and activate it – “CLANG!”

    You’re stuck to the underside of his trailer like a bat in a belfry…

    And… on second thought, maybe not…

    • Funny! – This car is even too small to be a coffin. But, that’s about how safe it would be in a bad traffic situation. A true automotive oddity!