1965 Peel Trident news, pictures, and information
The main business of Peel Engineering Company, located on the Isle of Man, was making fiberglass models for motorcycle fairings and boat hulls. In 1955, Peel entered the car market by producing two styles of microcars in limited numbers (approximately 60 of each). The Peel Trident, equipped wîth a 49 cc DKW scooter motor and 3-speed transmission, was the larger model. Performance was modest but more than adequate for the 5-inch front tires. it gets about 100 mpg. The fiberglass body consists almost entirely of a forward hinged section wîth a transparent plexiglas dome which serves as a roof and flat glass windshield. The §teering column, also hinged, rises wîth the canopy. Total weight of the car is 330-pounds making it easy to push since there is no reverse. The only ventilation is the small sliding side hatch. This is undoubtedly the smallest 2-seater ever made. There is even a small amount of trunk space available.
There is no reverse gear and the turning radius is 8 feet. The Trident fits two people and their limited luggage. The engine is a VESPA and fuel economy is an astonishing 100 miles per gallon.
This Peel Trident was crated and shipped to the Isle of Man in 2005 to compete a circuit of the 37.75 mile Isle of Man TT course wîth other Peels to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Peels.Source - Lane Motor Museum
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