Why battle downtown congestion, struggle to find limited parking spaces, and waste money on a gas-guzzling SUV? According to Bridgeport Honda Dealer, compact vehicles are making a comeback and actually have a lot of redeeming qualities. While fuel efficient, eco-friendly cars are popular now, they have been around for some time, especially in the narrow streets of Europe.
*First up, the Peel P50. Produced on the Isle of Man in 1963 by the Peel Engineering Company, this vehicle is about 53 inches long, 39 inches wide, and weights a measly 132 pounds. The P50 has three wheels, one seat, one headlight, 5 inch wheels and, well, that’s pretty much it. Who needs a speedometer and turn signals, anyways?
Peel P50 Video:
*The 1954 Mivalino is a little bigger, weighing in at 385 pounds. A monstrous engine putting out 9 horsepower allows the Mivalino to read 54 miles per hour.
*A little over 500 pounds, the 1955 Messerschmitt KR-200 has a little more horsepower than the 1954 Mivalino, but not much more – 10.2. So what does the added 1.2 horsepower give you? A top speed of 62mph; 8 miles per hour faster than the Mivalino.
Messerschmitt KR-200 Video:
*Weighing in at 172 pounds, with 2.3 horsepower and reached a top speed of 28 miles per houris the Brutsch 1958 Mopetta.
Brutsch 1958 Mopetta video:
*The 1955 Inter 175 A Berline has 8 horsepower, can reach a top speed of 50 miles per hour, and weighs about 386 pounds.
1955 Inter 175 A Berline Video:
*And lastly, Perry Watkins’ creation is based on a little Postman Pat toy-car. Standing only 39 inches tall and 26 inches wide. Power comes from a 150cc single-cylinder engine mated to rear-wheel-drive system powers the vehicle. Why drive this car? With up to 70 miles to the gallon this car saves money, and can even hit a top speed at around 40 mph.
The World’s Smallest Street Legal Car Video:
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