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Rare Peel Trident ‘microcar’ coming up for auction

Wednesday 31 May 2017, By Autovolo

Rare Peel Trident ‘microcar’ coming up for auction

Rare Peel Trident ‘microcar’ coming up for auction

A rare and unusual Peel Trident microcar is coming up for auction.

The small bubble-like car is one of just 45 built at the factory on the Isle of Man during the 1960s.

Described on an old episode of Top Gear by James May as being “like something out of the Jetsons,” this tiny 6.1 foot long by 3.3 foot wide car is sure to turn some heads.

Made in 1965, it was manufactured alongside the well-known Peel P50 ‘microcar’, and was made in limited numbers at a cost of just £190.

The idea behind it was to create a small car that looked futuristic but was cheap to buy and cheap to run.

More than half a century later, it’s considered a collector’s item and is expected to fetch an estimated $80,000 - around £62,000 - when it goes under the hammer.

The Trident was designed to eventually replace the Peel P50 – a car that was made famous when Jeremy Clarkson drove one around London and then through the old BBC headquarters.

The Peel P50 is another car that has quickly become collectable too, with one being bought last year for an eye-watering £122,000.

Under the tiny bonnet is a 49CC moped engine that churns out a very small 4.2bhp and can achieve a top speed of just 38mph, powers the Trident.

Inside it is actually a two-seater - though it is exclusively reserved for those who are petite in both height and width.

The car will go across the auction block on August 18 at Sotheby’s in Monterey, California, and is being sold by the current owner who bought it in 2014.