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A 1960s classic bubble car up for £80,000

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June 2, 2017
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If you have a spare £80,000 floating around why not splash out on this extremely rare classic bubble car which is going on the market later this summer.

The Peel Trident microcar is one of only 45 made by the Peel Engineering Company based on the Isle of Man over a two-year period in the mid 1960s.

Perhaps it is because the Isle of Man is so small that Peel decided to create cars to reflect the island’s size. The tiny three-wheeler is now something of a classic and it is certainly good for parking.

Classic bubble car.
The 1960s classic bubble car up for sale – for around £80,000.

Classic bubble car has flying saucer style lid

There are no doors, users have to lift the flying saucer style dome lid to get into the driving seat.

Prospective buyers may be put off by the Trident’s performance – its 49cc, 4.2 horsepower engine struggles to work up a top speed of only 38mph. You could clock 100 miles per gallon however.

Consequently, driving the Trident was “almost cheaper than walking” according to the advertising of the day.

Though only a single seater in practical terms, the car was designed to theoretically accommodatedriver and passenger.

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

The classic bubble car – “your transport of tomorrow – today”

Upon release, the Trident was optimistically advertised as having “saloon car comfort with scooter cost” and, because of its futuristic design, it was described as “your transport of tomorrow – today”.

The Trident will be sold in Monterey, California, on August 18, by its US owner, who acquired it in 2014.

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