1965 Peel Trident
- One of very few survivors, fewer still in North America
- Beautifully restored and extensively documented
- An adorable little bubble on wheels
First unveiled at the 1964 Earls Court Motorcycle Show, the Trident featured a new body design but used the P50’s Zweirad Union single-cylinder engine and three-speed gearbox without reverse. It is said, however, that the last six Tridents produced utilized the 98-cc engine and automatic transmission from the Triumph Tina scooter. When featuring the 49-cc package, it achieved an advertised top speed of 38 miles per hour and a reported 100 mpg. Consequently, driving the Trident was “almost cheaper than walking,” as advertised.
The all-new body was designed around a clear plastic dome which tilts forward to allow the driver to enter. Though only a single seater in practical use, the car was designed to theoretically accommodate two occupants. The futuristic dome and the overall spaceship-like appearance of the Trident gave Peel another natural slogan: “Your transport of tomorrow – today.”
The example offered here, chassis number E185, was sold new in the United Kingdom. Its current owner purchased the restored car in March 2014. Included in the sale is a file containing the original UK registration, a selection of rare factory literature, and other documentation. As Tridents are seldom ever available for sale, especially in North America, this marks a rare and wonderful opportunity to acquire one of the rarest of all microcars.