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Peel Microcars

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Manufactured by Peel Engineering, Isle of Man.

Powered initially by 49cc DKW two-stroke engines, 47 of these miniscule 3-wheelers were built in 1963 and 1964. The P50 was replaced by the slightly larger Peel Trident, some of which used the 98cc engine and automatic transmission from the Triumph Tina scooter. In 1966 they offered a 12v electric motor version.

Production resumed in 2010 at premises in Sutton-in-Ashfield, with little change in appearance. These were offered with 49cc four-stroke engines, and also with electric motors. Unlike earlier versions, these have reverse gear.

Sources: Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum,

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