Posts Tagged ‘Peel P50’

Peel vs Peel

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

This piece from ITV IOM (Isle of Man) news has Ernie Leece discussing the “new” replica Peel P50s and Tridents that are being made and allegedly sold in the UK. Now it’s time for the perspective of someone who worked at the actual Peel Engineering Co on the Isle of Man.

In addition, here is a link to the episode of DRAGON’S DEN broadcast on the BBC that is referred to in the video. Watch the hosts of the show rip their business plan to shreds.”Half-Baked” is what they call it.  Also- while you watch the Dragon’s Den episode note how they try to make it appear as though they “bought the company” from the Isle of Man, just as Ernie Leece says in the news video.

Microcars at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale January 17-23 2011

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Here is a list of Microcars offered at this year’s Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction.
Check if you get Speed Channel or SpeedTV and you can watch these cross the line on the days they are listed……

Wednesday January 19 2011:
(click pics to go to detailed listings for cars,
Results are HAMMER PRICE , a 10% Buyers Commission is added

1984 Honda Zoe Zipper lot #314.1 sold for $5000

Peel P50 Replica with PAV trailer lot 324.1 324.2 sold for $8500 + $8500 for the trailer so total = $17,000

1967 Citroen Deux Chaveaux lot # 325.1 sold for $20,000

1956 Citroen 2CV Lot # 405 sold for $10,500

1957 BMW Isetta sliding window cabrio Lot # 409.2 This car was previously sold at BJ Scottsdale in January 2010 Sold for $37,000

Goggomobil Dart replica Lot # 443 This car is being advertised as a "rare" German built roadster when in fact it is a LHD replica. *Update-Seller was forced to change listing description - SOLD for $15,000 after some confusion during bidding

Thursday January 20 2011:

1972 Suzuki LJ20 360cc Micro Jeep Lot # 612.1 SOLD for $14,000

1956 BMW Isetta Bubble Window z-mold Lot # 693.2 SOLD for $43,000

Lot # 695 1959 Autobianchi Bianchina SOLD for $45,500

Lot # 695.1 1950 Crosley Hot Shot Roadster SOLD for $23,000

Lot # 695.2 1948 Crosley Sedan Convertible SOLD for $25,000

Friday January 21 2011:

Lot # 947 1951 Crosley Hook & Ladder Firetruck SOLD for $35,000

Vintage Microcars on MODERN MARVELS

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Vintage Microcars are scheduled to make an appearance on the TV Show MODERN MARVELS (History Channel)

Thursday May 6
7 pm Mountain
8 pm Central
9 pm Eastern
10 pm Pacific

The Club provided video and archive material to the production company back in January 2009, you will probably see something on the Peel P50 and…? The entire episode is not about microcars it looks at extremes of… well, BIG & SMALL.

Front Page News in NY!

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

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The New York Daily News decided that Vintage Microcars warranted an “above the fold” teaser on the Saturday Edition. A full “story” appeared inside on Page 7.

After this issue hit the newstands people came in through the front door of the Javits Center and went RIGHT to the Peel P50,
usually with kids towing their parents and pointing “There it is! There it is! The World’s Smallest Car!”

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Microcars at the 2009 NY Auto Show!

Sunday, April 12th, 2009


Well, we’re here.

The Largest Auto Show in the United States and we are right inside the main entrance.
We have a 1962 Messerschmitt Kr200 from Gary Sonnenschein, a 1965 Peel P50 from The Lane Motor Musuem, a 1956 BMW Isetta from Jim Janecek and a 1958 Vespa 400 from Larry Newberry.
The above photo was taken before people started coming in, later it looks like this, only more crowded:


The exhibit is just mobbed with people constantly.
This time the 2 most annoying questions are:
“Are these street Legal” and
“How much is that?” (referring to the Peel)
Earlier in the day we were asked to participate in the Opening Day Ceremonies which involved a PR stunt.
The NY Auto Show opens with a PR stunt of some sort so that the local news shows up to cover it. This year they had a “Strongman Competition” where they were pulling a “train” of 10 KIA Soul cars.

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As a gag, they brought out a Microcar at the last minute and had it compete against a couple other Auto Show staff who actually tried to pull just one car. How many Union Carpenters and Decorators do you think it takes to push a Peel P50 into place and then hide it under some black fabric?


The Peel P50 was surprisingly easy to pull for some reason. 

Here is a behind the scenes video of the prep involved for Opening Day Ceremonies (2 minutes)


Peel P50 acquired by Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum

Friday, February 6th, 2009

But is it a real one?


peel4Check out the “official” Ripley’s video below.
They talk about how rare it is and how it gets great gas milage but that “this one is electric”.

I am pretty sure this car is a replica that was built for a TV show last year
(no, not the blue one that was on Top Gear)

another film crew “needed” one that could be driven indoors and the original 2-stroke motor threw out too much smoke, making it electric drive solved that problem. I am waiting for confirmation from the person that provided the car before posting my speculations but I am pretty sure this is the car they used.

Update: the car was purpose-built for Ripleys Museum.

Creator of Peel P50 dies at 87

Saturday, November 8th, 2008


One of the few remaining Peel P50 microcars is passed by the coffin of its inventor and Peel Engineering Company founder Cyril Cannell

One of the few remaining Peel P50 microcars is passed by the coffin of its inventor and Peel Engineering Company founder Cyril Cannell

SITTING in salute at the funeral of Peel inventor Cyril Cannell was one of his most famous creations.

The diminutive Peel P50, the world’s smallest road-legal car, was the first in a series of experimental microcars built in the 1960s by Mr Cannell’s fibreglass firm Peel Engineering Company.

Seventy P50s were produced between 1963 and 1964, but fewer than two dozen are thought to still exist including this one, bought by Peel’s Manx Transport Heritage Museum after a public appeal in 2005.

Volunteers at the museum used to see Mr Cannell come in to gaze with pride at the three-wheeled wonder, advertised in its heyday as a city car capable of holding ‘one adult and a shopping bag’.

In tribute to him, they lifted the 1.3-metre, 130lb car on to the patio of Peel Centenary Centre, where it was passed by his coffin leaving Peel Methodist Church on its way to Peel Cemetery.

Complete Isle Of Man Article Here

Drive a Peel P50 on Top Gear! (sort of)

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

For those of you that saw the episode of TOP GEAR with Jeremy Clarkson driving the Peel P50 through the offices of the BBC and wishing “Gee I wish *I* could do that”, well your wish has been granted.

The Top Gear Website has a nice Flash-base Game that allows you to “drive” a Peel P50 through the building, avoiding potted plants, lazy employees, copy machines and walls in order to get to the elevator so you can be on time for an “important meeting”.

This is probably the SLOWEST game I have ever played, but given the context I guess that is appropriate, there really is not a way to use the “turbo-boost” here because as soon as you do, you find yourself smacked into a wall or a desk.  Enjoy!

(you can find an article about this episode in Microcar News #1 2008)

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