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Last Updated: Monday, 10 July 2006, 09:36 GMT 10:36 UK
Restored Manx motor icon unveiled
Peel P50 (photo courtesy of Isle of Man government)
The car went on sale in 1962
A fully-restored icon of the Manx car industry, the Peel P50 minicar, is to go on display on the island.

The car was built by Peel Engineering at its factory on the banks of the River Neb during the 1960s.

One of the smallest cars to go into mass production, the vehicle is 134cm (53in) long and 99cm (39in) wide, with a weight of just 59kg (132lbs).

The car, being placed next to Peel's House of Manannan, was restored by the Manx Transport Museum Group.

Top speed

It will be officially unveiled by Chief Minister Donald Gelling on 23 July to coincide with a set of stamps commemorating the company.

It was bought with cash help from the Manx Heritage Foundation and the Public Lottery Trust.

The P50, first on sale in 1962, has three wheels, one headlight, three gears and no reverse.

Its 49cc engine allowed a top speed of 38mph (61km/h).


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