Tiny Peel P50 brings RM Sotheby's auction to a close


Photo Credit: RM Sotheby's
A Peel P50, famous for being the world's smallest ever production car, rounded off a RM Sotheby's auction, selling for $176,000 (£122,496).

The P50 was produced on the Isle of Man during the 1960s, and this 1964 model in one of only 26 surviving models from the original 47 cars.

Having been kept as part of the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum, the car has been restored to a very high standard and is a valuable piece of motoring history.

The Peel has claimed recent fame after starring in an episode of Top Gear, where Jeremy Clarkson drove the P50 around London and BBC Television Centre and inspired the former Top Gear host to create his laughable 'P45' concept.

As the Peel is so small, the fuel economy is superb and was described as "almost cheaper than walking", and as it had no reverse gear, the driver could drag the car around with a handle that was installed on the back.

Tiny Peel P50 brings RM Sotheby's auction to a close

Tiny Peel P50 brings RM Sotheby's auction to a close

The three-wheeler was made up of a fibreglass-moulded cabin with a single seat – that looked like a beach chair – and was designed to see what the minimum possible size of a car could be.

Its 4.5hp engine could get up to speeds of 38mph – depending on the weight of the driver – and is capable of 100mpg.

The Peel was part of Sotheby's Amelia Island auction in Florida, which also included the sale of an original Mercedes 300 SL Roadster from 1957 and a 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica with coach-built body from Pininfarina.

Author: Jack Healy