The Peel P50 might be dinky in size, puny in terms of power and paltry on passenger and luggage space, but it’s definitely big in one department – price.
One of the 1960’s three-wheeled micro machines fetched an astounding $176,000 when it sold at auction in Florida at the weekend – more than 60,000 times its original value.
With just 26 other original P50s – the smallest production car of all time - remaining in existence, it means 25 others are currently in ownership of pocket-sized cars with a wallet-busting value.
Pocket size, not pocket change: The Peel P50 sold on Saturday has set a new record for the diminutive three-wheeler - the smallest mass production car in history
Those who are fans of the Top Gear series might recognise the Peel P50.
That’s because it’s the car Jeremy Clarkson used to drive though BBC offices during an episode in 2008 and became the inspiration for the sacked host’s own model, the P45 – a satirical take on the future of urban motoring.
But while Jezza’s comical concoction might have been big on giggles, this genuine P50 is massive in value.