Archive for the 'Classic Cars' Category

Peel P50 / Trident

December 12th, 2007 by gary

The Peel P50 is one of the all time classic cars to come out of micro car fad of the 1960s. Built by the Peel Engineering Company at Peel on the Isle of Man in the UK, the car is in the Guiness book of records as the smallest production car ever built.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Hillman Imp

December 31st, 2005 by gary

The Hillman Imp was produced from 1963 to 1976, the Imp was Hillman’s attempt to produce a car to compeat with the highly successful Mini. The Imp was a huge gamble for for the Rootes Group (the owners of Hillman) as the introduction of the Imp saw the need for a new factory to be built in Scotland and also a huge cost in developing the rear engine car.
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The Moke

November 21st, 2005 by gary

The Moke was developed from the BMC Mini by the Mini’s designer Sir Alec Issigonis. The intention of the Moke was to create a cheap and light weight utility vehicle that the British army would be able to transport anywhere easily, even if it meant being dropped out of a aeroplane.
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The Trabant P601

November 12th, 2005 by gary

Built in East Germany in a factory were Audi’s were once built before WW2. The Sachsenring Trabant started life in 1957. Several models were produced but the most famous one was the P601 that began production in 1967 and was sold relatively unchanged until after the fall of the wall to 1991.
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Reliant Robin

November 12th, 2005 by gary

3 wheel cars were for some time quite popular in the UK with the majority being made by a company called Reliant.
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Daihatsu Midget

November 12th, 2005 by gary

The Daihatsu Midget was released in 1958 and it was one of Daihatsu’s first cars. It was a single seater 3 wheeled delivery truck with a 1 cyl 2 stroke air cooled engine, the first model was an open cab design that used a handlebar instead of a steering wheel and used a kick starter.
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Honda S500 / S600

November 12th, 2005 by gary

The Honda S500 was Honda’s first mass produced car that was launched in 1963. Launched as a sporty styled two door fastback coupe its small size proved an instant hit with the Japanese Market.
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The Iran Khodro Paykan

November 12th, 2005 by gary

While this car from the Iranian company Iran Khodro is not really a microcar (its more of the small car class) we have done this story on it because we liked the fact it was based on the 1966 Hillman Hunter. The Pakyan came about after the Iranian government set up the nationally owned car factory to produce cheap cars for the Iranian people.

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Fiat 126

November 12th, 2005 by gary

The Fiat 126 was a small 2 cylinder rear engine car that was very popular in Europe but not as well loved as the famous Fiat 500 Nuevo that it replaced.

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Citroen 2CV

November 12th, 2005 by gary

The 2CV (deux chevaux – literally “two horses”, from the tax horsepower rating) was a popular French car made by Citroen. 3,872,583 2CV limousines and even more derivatives were produced from 1948 to 1990.
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