Five wacky cars from around the world
A three-wheeler that looks more like a boat on wheels than a conventional automobile, 13 of these absolutely unique cars were produced. The two-door design incorporates a 4-cylinder 60PS engine.
Between 1956 and 1962, German car manufacturer BMW produced the Isetta, based on an Italian design created by a refrigerator manufacturing company. This miniscule single-seater boasted a fridge-type outward opening front end, so the car had to be literally entered through the front! This car came in multiple variations across this six-year period, including 3- and 4-wheeler variants, and sold a whopping 161,360 units. The Isetta boasted a 298cc single-cylinder 4-stroke engine, along with one the most idiosyncratic designs ever.
Another design sporting three wheels, the Peel P-50 has the exclusive distinction of being the world’s smallest production car. Equipped with a DKW 49cc 4.2PS engine, this car barely accommodates a single person, and doesn’t even have a reverse gear! So if you wish to go backwards, the only way to accomplish this is by getting out and physically hauling the car in the desired direction.