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New Yorkers Give Microcars a Big Welcome

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Khatir Soltani
Small cars are big this year at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), but not only contemporary ones. Besides the bold little Scion iQ and the surprising smart fortwo, the Vintage Microcar Club of Evanston, Illinois has a display of its own with a tiny star: a 1965 Peel P50 owned by the Lane Motor Museum of Nashville, Tennessee.

"Recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as 'The Smallest Production Car Ever Made', the P50 is a hit with show goers large and small," said John LaSorsa, NYIAS Chairman.

This minuscule three-wheeler seats only one person and is powered by a 50cc 2-stroke motor. Of the 46 originally produced only 22 survive today.
photo:New York International Auto Show
Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
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