When it was first unveiled in 1964, the Peel Trident was the smallest car in the world. It was developed by the engineers at the Peel Engineering Company on the Isle of Man to be a fuel efficient personal transportation vehicle with seating for two, and a top speed of 28 mph.
The post-WW2 years were a golden age for microcars, much of Europe was under strict rationing which meant access to petrol, steel, rubber, oil, and other essentials was limited. Money was also tight, so vehicles like the Fiat 500, the Messerschmitt KR175, as well as vehicles like the motor scooter were introduced to keep Europe mobile on a shoestring budget.
The Peel Trident was part of a second generation of microcars making use of newer materials, the Peel Engineering Company were well placed to develop the Trident and its sister microcar the P50 as they had extensive experience