The three-wheeled P50 and Trident—which look like something out of Benny Hill's greatest dreams—have three wheels, are made of fiberglass, and weigh less than 200 pounds.

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n another striking example of strange British humor, U.K. engineering company Peel is bringing back the world's smallest cars.

The three-wheeled P50 and Trident—which look like something out of Benny Hill's greatest dreams—have three wheels, are made of fiberglass, and weigh less than 200 pounds.

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Designed for urban commuting, the two cars can be purchased with either a 49 cubic-centimeter gas engine or a direct-current electric motor, and both have top speeds of 40 miles per hour. Peel is promising 118 miles per gallon of fuel efficiency on the gas-engined vehicle, and 20 miles of range for electric cars.

The P50—which is 54 inches long and a tick over 47 inches tall—seats one adult and one shopping bag, while the Trident seats two and eschews doors in favor of a swinging roof that opens to provide access to the inside. That car is 72 inches long.

 Only 25 of each of these cars will be made, and they will be sold at a cost of about $19,000. Both will be available in red, white, and blue, while the P50 will be available in fuchsia and other custom colors, depending on what customers' request. No word on whether they'll be available in the U.S., but they are street-legal in Britain.

These microcars were originally manufactured in 1962, with production ceasing in 1964.

[Source: Design Taxi]