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The world's smallest car gets out of a tight squeeze

Posted on 2:38 AM by Sameer Shah

It has certainly got itself into a tight squeeze, but the world's smallest car has every right to be there.

Tucked in between two vans in London's Piccadilly Circus, the Peel 5 is not only legally allowed to take to British roads.

It is parked squarely by its new home - Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum.



The miniature vehicle goes on display today at the museum, which promises visitors the ultimate insight into the world of the odd and bizarre.

The three-wheeled micro car boasts the record for the smallest ever automobile to go into production.

It was originally manufactured in the 1960s by the Manx Peel Engineering Company, with a production run of 50 vehicles that sold for just under £200.

That was clearly a bargain, given the remaining 20 originals command anywhere between £35,000 and £50,000.



Ripley's Believe It or Not! will add the Peel 50 to over 800 exhibits already on display.

The three-wheeled wonder was designed as a city car. It was advertised as capable to seat one adult and a shopping bag.

It has a single door, on the left hand side, a single windscreen wiper and just one headlight.



It is no surprise the tiny car makes tourists and commuters alike do a double take.

It looks like it belongs more on an episode of the 1980s cartoon Postman Pat than the streets of England's capital city.

At just 134 cm long and 99 cm wide and weighting just 59 kg, it barely fits a grown business man inside.

But the diminutive automobile is sure to be a massive hit.

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