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Monday, 19 November 2018 22:55

On the Lighter Side: 22 Of The Smallest Vehicles in the World

Written by Christopher McFadden, Interesting Engineering


What's the smallest vehicle in the world? The Ford KA or original Mini might spring to mind but there are many more little vehicles that are much smaller than those.


In the following list, we've compiled 22 of some of the world's smallest vehicles. Some of these are even record-breakers. This list is sorted into order of length and is not exhaustive.


1. Austin Coulson's DIY car


Year of first production: 2014


Length (meters): 1.26



worlds smallest roadworthy car web

Source: Guinness World Records


Unbelievably this is a real car despite it looking like a "pimped up" child's toy. But you shouldn't 'judge a book by its cover' as they say.


This is a fully driveable, licensed and registered tiny built by Arizona's Austin Coulson. It earned the Guinness Record for World's smallest roadworthy car in 2014.


2. The Peel P50 looks like half a car


Year of first production: 1962


Length (meters): 1.372


Peel P50 blue web

Source: Wikimedia Commons/Vauxford 


The Peel P50 looks more like a car cut in half than a fully functional personal transport. It is so small, in fact, that it held the Guinness Book of World Records title for "Smallest Production Car" for more than 50 years.


3. The Fuldamobil N was called "The Silver Flea"

Year of first production: 1950


Length (meters): 1.397

worlds smallest cars fuldamobil web

Source: Buch-t/Wikimedia Commons


Elektromaschinenbau Fulda GmbH produced the Fuldamobil from 1950 to 1969. The early models had handmade wooden frames that were clad in aluminum skins over plywood body panels.


Later the Fuldamobil switched metal for wood in their S series and joined forces with Nordwestdeutscher Fahrzeugbau (NWF) to make a more routine microcar.


4. Only 14 Brutsch Mopetta's were ever produced


Year of first production: 1956


Length (meters): 1.7


 Worlds smallest cars Mopetta web

Source: Buch-t/Wikimedia Commons


Built by Egon Brutsch this one-seater small car was built for the 1956 International Bicycle and Motorcycle Exhibition. After a great response, Egon went on to make 13 more of them.


It has a one-cylinder ILO 2-stroke engine and rumbles along at 2.3 horsepower. The Mopetta is one of the smallest cars ever made.


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