Quirky bubble car at crazy cost!

Peel Trident Micro car

THIS quirky bubble car will set you back an eye-watering £80,000!

It is strikingly similar to the animated cartoon car from early 60s TV show The Jetsons.

The wacky Peel Trident micro-car was built in 1965, two years after the Hanna-Barbera’s animated sitcom’s first run ended.

Although the dinky Trident doesn’t take flight like in the cartoon show, its most identifiable feature is a glass bubble shell, much like George Jetson’s ‘aerocar’.

James May remarked in Top Gear a few years ago that it had a remarkable likeness to the Jetsons cartoon car. But it certainly would only be fit for the size of Richard Hammond.

The bubble car, which measures just 73ins long and 39ins wide, is also recognisable because there are no doors. Users must lift the dome up to get in.

Potential buyers will not be turned on by performance figures, it’s no Trident missile. It has milk float type figures with a tiny 49cc, 4.2hp engine delivering a top speed of just 38mph  – although in a car that small and so close to the ground it probably feels double that pace!

The Trident was the successor to the famous Peel P50, which still holds the Guinness World Record as the smallest production car ever made.

Top Gear fans may remember watching Jeremy Clarkson drive a P50 around the BBC offices in the same episode of Top Gear that May referenced the Trident.

Peel Trident Micro car
Peel Trident Micro car

Upon release the Trident was optimistically advertised as having ‘saloon car comfort with scooter cost’ and, because of its futuristic design, attached with the slogan ‘your transport of tomorrow – today’.

As production numbers would indicate the Trident was not a success and the car was named in Time magazine’s list of the 50 Worst Cars Ever.

Only 45 of the three-wheeled vehicles were made by Isle of Man firm Peel Engineering Company over a two year period before they were scrapped.

They are now something of a collector’s item.

This Peel Trident is expected to reach upwards of £80,000 when it is auctioned later this year.

Not very a-Peeling at that price.

Phil Lanning

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