RM Sotherby’s Weird & Wonderful Collection Comes To London

Peel Trident - RM Sotherby's Weird & Wonderful Collection
Peel Trident - RM Sotherby's Weird & Wonderful Collection

Fans of the strange and outlandish will be pleased to learn that RM Sotherby’s are featuring some interesting lots in its forthcoming ‘Weird & Wonderful Collection‘ to be held in London, Battersea, September 5 2018.

Peel Trident

One of the stars headlining the cast of waifs and strays is a well known favourite, Peel Trident. Derived from the original Peel P50, the younger brother was tipped to deliver ‘saloon car comfort with scooter cost’, which to an extent it did.

Comfort was debatable but this mini space-ship was certainly innovative. The Trident cloak was lifted in 1964 at the iconic 1964 Earls Court Motorcycle Show, where the single-cylinder engine midget proved it could muster a top speed of around 38 mph, but only boasted forward gears.

In 2011 the Peel Trident was given a relaunch, with production being in Nottingham. The vibrant three-wheelers were available by order only, and even offered the electric option if so required. Identical to its earlier children, this incredibly jubilant micro-car offers the ultimate in eye-catching frivolity.

Peel Trident
Peel Trident – Offered: £10,000 – £15,000 no reserve (images courtesy RM Sotheby’s)

Fiat 500 Jolly

Following WW2, this was the proverbial Italian ‘runaround’ that gave the spirited Signora or even Signorina’s the transport they so desperately needed. Door-less entry and those very snazzy wicker seats, gave the discerning types a taste of the bright side.

Equipped with the obligatory Surrey roof canopy and dressed in the now recognisable ‘Fiat red’, this 1968 Fiat 500 Jolly will certainly lift the spirits of those willing to part with a healthy £35,000 – £50,000 (without reserve).

1968 Fiat 500 Jolly
1968 Fiat 500 Jolly – £35,000 – £50,000 (without reserve)

Zagato Zele 1000

Not the sort of regular Zagato showcase, but this 1974 Zagato Zele 1000 offered simplicity at a time when it was most needed. The global fuel crisis left motorists feeling out of pocket and short on space, which gave the electric-powered Zele a micro foot in the door.

It really was a ‘plug and go’, with the batteries given a charge directly from the mains, via a trusty transformer. Break-neck speeds of 25 mph were achievable with a travel range of around 50 miles on full charge.

1974 Zagato Zele 1000
1974 Zagato Zele 1000 – £5,000 – £10,000 (no reserve)

More on this auction can be found here.

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