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The PEEL, world’s smallest car, now available new

Kamil Kaluski January 18, 2012 For Sale 40 Comments

Originally made on the Island of Man Isle of Mann (Ed. Note – fixed. Damn, we though they were churning these out at the Charles Barrett compound) in the 1960s, PEEL cars were available in four different flavors. They retailed for £199, with the P50, recently made famous by Top Gear, holding the Guinness Book of Records as the World’s Smallest Production Car.

Recently, several businessmen thought it would be a good idea to reinvest into the company and start up the production of the iconic (?) cars again. Peel Engineering is now taking orders on the limited production of the P50 and Trident. In addition to the conventional gasoline engines, the new PEELs will be available with electronic motors with regenerative braking, and assumingly, a plug. The spec sheet also calls out disc brakes, which I doubt were available on the original PEEL.

The most astonishing thing however, is that the PEELs are road legal in the U.K. and all of European Union. Price start at £6995, which is about $10,772. Which powertrain you get for that money is unspecified. Also unspecified are the options. If you really want one, you can place a £999 deposit for one of the fifty cars to be made.

This is going to be interesting to watch. I have a feeling that there will be a few follow up posts for these renewed PEELs.


Currently there are 40 comments on this article:

  1. dwegmull says:

    As I type this, only 9 out of 50 are left…

  2. Sam says:

    It's not the "Island of Man", it's the "Isle of Man"- though I forgive you because Wikipedia is down today.

  3. Scandinavian Flick ★ says:

    I'm gonna get me one of the electric ones. Just you wait until I upgrade the motor in that little bad ass. I'll smoke you all like jerky.

    <img src="http://oi41.tinypic.com/e5jift.jpg&quot; width="500"/>

    Yeah, that's right. Tekin 4.5 turn brushless, bitches! Suck it.

  4. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat says:

    Awwwww, PEEL OUT
    This car…not chic
    Awww, peel out
    This car, it's geek

    Have you heard
    'Bout the small car craze
    Listen to us
    I'm sure you'll be amazed
    Big fun, driving 'round the office for fun
    Hold the door! Someone show me the way

    • Jeff_Glucker says:

      we need more lyrically based comments 'round here. Nicely done.

      • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat says:

        Thanks for that. I'm still a noob around here, so I appreciate it.

        I have a rather odd taste in music which ranges from the mid-50's to the early-90's, so I should be able to conjure something up.

        FWIW, That Chic song was on the MP3 disc in the car on the way home, yesterday, so I was already thinking about it.

        What? The Cadillacs? Got it. Parliament? Got that too. Need some Deep Purple? Can do. Van Halen? Sure thing. ELO? Which album.

        Oh, and if it's Steely Dan, I very likely have the lyrics committed to memory. Don't know why, but Fagen makes music I dig.

  5. Irishzombieman says:

    I'm excited! Always wanted a car I can park at my desk!

    [youtube dJfSS0ZXYdo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJfSS0ZXYdo youtube]

    • craigsu says:

      Just the fact that Jezza at 6'-5" can actually fit in AND drive the P50 speaks volumes about its capabilities as a city car. And you could drive it on the sidewalk when traffic became congested without killing pedestrians.

  6. rustylink says:

    if your British, wealthy and feeling nostaglic, there are worst things to waste your pounds on….

    • MattC says:

      Still one of my favorite Top Gear segments. I love when he is cruising in the BBC offices. I know I should have expected that, but it kills me every time.

  7. JayP2112 says:

    Didn't Monster Garage try to put a SBC in one?
    With dwarfs working the shop? I can't investigate with wikipedia offline.

  8. needthatcar says:

    Announcement: For only $8,000 American each, I will personally handbuild any quantity of these you require. Just send your deposits to me instead of those suits with above next to the Rolls Royce.

  9. RegalRegalia says:

    Hey, its the 1966 Aston Martin Cygnet!

  10. facelvega says:

    You could get a Peel for years now, Andy's Modern Microcars sells finished replica Peels and five other microcars. I think people mostly just buy new bodyshells from Andy, but he does do finished cars as well. Of course one of his handmade Peels will run about double what the new company is charging.

    Personally, I'll pass on the Peels and take a replica Goggomobil Dart. Or maybe a Bruetsch Mopetta:

    <img src="http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/mllhjd.jpg"&gt;

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