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Korean TV company films micro car

A woman turns the P50
The P50 did not have a reverse gear but was so light it could be lifted round

A television company from South Korea has been on the Isle of Man to film Peel's famous micro-car, the P50.

They mocked-up a day in the life of the car and filmed it receiving admiring glances as it was driven about.

The tiny car features in a programme about green transport as it does 100 miles per gallon and was marketed as "almost cheaper than walking".

The call from the South Korean crew came as a "complete surprise" to the Manx Transport Museum.

Surviving models of the P50 are preserved.

The museum's Sam Knight said. "They roped in all my family. My daughter was filmed driving the car and pretending to work at a local surgery.

The P50
The car was made by Peel Engineering

"When she arrived a doctor and a receptionist came outside to admire the car she'd borrowed from dad.

"I'm sure it's going to be really entertaining. It's going out in South Korea on 2 July and they've promised they will send a DVD of it."

This car was the brainchild of local designers Cyril Cannell and Henry Kissack and made by Peel Engineering.

Parking 'dream'

It was first launched at the motor show in Earl's Court in 1962 and sold for between 179 and 199.

The car was also featured on an episode of the BBC Two programme Top Gear.

Audiences saw presenter Jeremy Clarkson drive the car around the corridors of television centre in London and even into a lift.

Aimed at urban use for one person and one shopping bag, it was said to be "a dream" to park.

There was no reverse gear, but a chrome handle was fitted to the back of the car and weighing only 130lbs it was easy enough to pick up and just turn around.

Peel Engineering ceased trading in 1974 and only 200 of the cars were made.




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