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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Originally made on the Island of Man Isle of Mann (Ed.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.


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

  • Sam

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

    • Number_Six

      I came here to say that, as much as it pains me.


    • fixed, thank you

      • fire whoever wrote that

      • Ohnoyoudiddnt!

        It's "Man" not "Mann."

        • topdeadcentre

          And while we're here, not that it's in the article, but it's driving me crazy around the internet.

          "Lose" means something is getting lost. "Loose" means something is becoming unfastened. You can't "loose" $20 from your pocket. GAHHH!

          • Scandinavian Flick

            Yeah, but if you loose something, you might lose it.

            • "Loose the hounds!"

              "We can't loose the hounds, sir; we've lost them."

              "How did you lose the hounds?"

              "We loosed them, and they didn't come back."

  • Scandinavian Flick ★

    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.

    • You can do that, but I'm gonna put an Emrax in mine. Whooo!

      • jeepjeff


        You guys will still win, as mine will just produce a giant cloud of smoke.

        • And debris! Don't forget the debris.

          • jeepjeff

            Oh yeah. Must not forget the debris. I may have strongly implied that smoke was coming from the tires, but I wouldn't rule out oil, fuel, bodywork and pretty much anything in, on or around the car capable of burning.

            • FЯeeMan

              Where was the big bang? There was supposed to be a big bang!

            • OA5599

              Did you forget where these are from? The smoke comes standard in the wires, with a "W", not tires.

              <img src="http://www.rrbew.co.uk/FeaturePics/Lucas-smoke.jpg"&gt;

              • sporty88au

                Damn, beat me to it!

      • rafay irfan


  • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

    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

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

      • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

        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.

        • You and I think alike. Not only do we both like Cadillacs, but I'm a Steely Dan head myself. Good on you.

        • Smells_Homeless

          You're really not alone on the Dan. Hell, I know the lyrics to "Yellow Peril."

  • Irishzombieman

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

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

    • craigsu

      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.

      • it also points out that most tall folk are whiny cry babies with regards to new cars…

        • THIS. I'm 6'2" and could fit comfortably into my CRX with the seats three inches forwards from the back of the rails. The new Miata is a little tighter, but I've still got room to spare. The only issue a tall person might have with either is… well, it's a long way down to the seat.

        • pj134

          You and I are going to end up alienating all of them.

  • rustylink

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

    • MattC

      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.

  • JayP2112

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

  • 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.

  • RegalRegalia

    Hey, its the 1966 Aston Martin Cygnet!

    • dr zero

      It couldn't be, this is somewhat attractive.

  • facelvega

    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;

  • Deartháir