This 1964 P50 is one of approximately 50 examples built by the Isle of Man-based Peel Engineering Company between 1962 and 1965, a handful of which were exported to Canada. The three-wheeler was reportedly purchased out of the display window of a marine supply store in 1968 and remained in the same British Columbia family until being acquired by the selling dealer in 2018. The car was then imported to the US, where it underwent a refurbishment at the selling dealer’s shop that was completed the following year. Power comes from a rebuilt DKW 49cc two-stroke single paired with a three-speed manual transmission, and the fiberglass body has been refinished in red over a gray single-seat interior. This P50 is offered with refurbishment photos and a clean Washington State title.
The Cyril Cannell-designed P50 was introduced at the 1962 Earls Court Motorcycle Show in London and featured a length of 54″, a 39″ width, and an unladen weight of approximately 130 pounds. The fiberglass body and frame members of this example were refurbished by the selling dealer before a repaint in its factory Tartan Red with white bumpers.
Features include a rear-mounted reverse handle, a sideview mirror, a single windshield wiper, and a single rear-hinged door with a sliding window, which is reportedly a feature found only on Canadian-market P50s. Eight-bolt steel wheels are mounted with 4.10/3.50-5 Veloce bias-ply tires. Braking is handled by cable-operated front drums and a rear handbrake.
The cabin is finished in factory-style gray spatted paint and features a single seat upholstered in ivory vinyl. The Canadian-market P50 featured a tube heater welded to the outside of the exhaust pipe and transferred warm air into the cabin. The battery, windshield washer fluid reservoir, and an auxiliary fuel tank are housed inside the car.
The three-spoke steering wheel features several controls in its hub, while an on/off switch, horn button, and kill switch are mounted in a panel ahead of the column shifter. The car is not equipped with instrumentation, and total mileage is unknown.
The DKW-sourced 49cc two-stroke single was rated at 4.2 horsepower when new and drives a single rear wheel through a manual transmission with three forward speeds, while the aforementioned factory-mounted rear handle compensates for the lack of an offered reverse gear. The engine was rebuilt by a friend of the seller, with photos taken during the work seen in the gallery above.
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