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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



5. The Goggomobil Dart looks like a toy car


Year of first production: 1959


Length (meters): 1.8


Worlds smallest cars Goggomobil Dart web

Source: Stephen Foskett/Wikimedia Commons


The Goggomobil Dart was a fiberglass-body micro-car convertible that was produced in Australia by Buckle Motors. The Dart was based on the chassis and mechanical components of the German Goggomobil microcar.


It was powered by a rear-mounted twin-cylinder two-stroke motor available in both 300 cc and 400 cc variants.


6. The Peel Trident is the P50's bigger brother


Year of first production: 1964


Length (meters): 1.9


Worlds smallest cars Trident web

 Source: David Hunter/Wikimedia Commons


The Peel Trident was the P50's big brother (sister?). It was produced by Peel Engineering Company who were based on the Isle of Man.


It was a redesigned version of the sidecar version of the P50 to include two, not one, seats. Production of the Trident was relaunched in 2011 with each one hand-built.


7. The Pasquali Riscio is small but feisty

Year of first production: 1990-1999


Length (meters): 2.19


Worlds smallest cars Pasquali Riscio web

Source: Lucarelli/Wikimedia Commons


The Pasquali Riscio is a small Italian three-wheeled electric car named after an Indian Rickshaw in Italian. It is an all-electric micro-car with a total range of around 50 km on a single charge.


The Riscio comes in two variants - the one seater and two-seaters and has a top speed of 40 km/h.


8. The Velam Isetta looks like a helmet from Star Wars


Year of first production: 1953


Length (meters): 2.29


Worlds smallest cars Isetta web

Source: Thesupermat/Wikimedia Commons


The Velam Isetta was a small two-seater car, four-wheeled, car powered by a motorcycle engine. Its entire front end was hinged to open outwards for entry and exit.


The roof was also made of canvas to act as an emergency exit in the event of a crash. Initially manufactured by the Italian firm Iso SpA, the name Isetta is the Italian diminutive form of Iso, meaning "little Iso."


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