Peel Trident – World’s smallest car to fetch £80,000 at auction

Jun 06, 2017 | Same topic: Car sneak peeks - Check it out!
A very rare Peel Trident microcar is going to auction in August this year.
The Peel Trident is one of just 45 cars manufactured by Isle of Man firm Peel Engineering Company over 2-year period.
 
angular front of the Peel Trident

The Peel Trident is one of just 45 cars manufactured by Isle of Man firm Peel Engineering Company

Since 2014, the three-wheel tiny car has belonged to an American car collector. Yet, rumor has it that the Peel Trident will be up for auction at an estimated cost of £80,000 (₱ 5,124,518).
 
Side view of the Peel Trident

There are no doors, so users must lift the dome up to get in and out

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Built in 1965, the Peel Trident three-wheel car is the replacement model to the Peel P50 with an original design. At first glance, the unique car resembles a bubble or a car in cartoons with only 1.8m in length and less than 1m in width. Differently, there are no doors, so users must lift the dome up to get in and out.
 
cartoon drawing of a family and a dog in a spaceship

The unique car resembles a bubble or a car in cartoons

Due to its small size, the Peel Trident “bubble” uses a 49cc engine which just produces 4.2hp and the car can only reach a top speed of 61 km/h, far less than that of a motorcycle. Nevertheless, it is the tiny appearance that makes the Trident doddle to park and wriggle. Moreover, it’s also fuel-efficient and low-maintenance.
 
The Peel Trident in an empty parking lot

It is the tiny appearance that makes the Trident doddle to park and wriggle

According to many car experts, as the Peel Trident gets a simple suspension and too small tires, it comes with a lack of safe driving features. Therefore, this tiny vehicle is only suitable for riding in flat roads in the city.

The Trident will be sold in Monterey, California on August 18.
 


Peel Trident 1965: Walk around and drive away