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MZ_AltTransportation-Badge.gifSmart Car too big for you? Too much of a road hog? Gas guzzler? What you need is a real “microcar,” like a Peel Trident or a Peel P50. These strange little cars were made by Peel Engineering, on the Isle of Man, in the 1960s — most ran on a 50cc (49cc, actually) moped engine and on three very tiny wheels. Andy Carter’s Peel Microcars site has a great gallery of these munchkin-worthy vehicles.

Peel Microcars

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. nrp says:

    All you need to know about the P50, you can learn watching Jeremy Clarkson drive one on Top Gear:

  2. Gareth Branwyn says:

    That was hilarious. Thanks for that link, NRP.

  3. FlatTop says:

    If you’re in the area you can go check one out in person at the Microcar Museum in Madison, GA:

  4. KentKB says:

    This makes me want to dress up as a Lego figure and drive one of these around town.
    I wonder if you can have this small wonder delivered by FedEx?.

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