This site is an affectionate tribute to the unique Peel Cars from the Isle of Man.
Years ahead of their time, and produced in the context of the ‘lean years’ of post-war Britain, there is still nothing quite like a Peel on the road today.
The first car body that we produced was designed for fitting to Ford 8/10 or Morris 8 chassis.
A simple one piece shell, it found a ready market but it required internal framework for support which meant considerable work for the purchaser, almost the first in the British Isles by only two weeks. Something better was obviously needed so a self supporting body was evolved, consisting of a front section with bonnet, lid and dashboard, double skinned doors with integral pockets, a rear section with boot lid, then named the P.1000.
Sales were very encouraging, the sections could be packed into a crate of 5ft cube and at one time nearly 500 of these were in circulation. An approach was made to us by a major car manufacturer but was declined as we felt we were a very small entity and preferred to remain independent.
Cyril Cannell 2006
In the 1950s there was a long waiting list to buy a new car so very quickly a market developed for modern designs of body shells to be mounted on an older pre-war car chassis and running gear.
This evolved into what we now know as the ‘kit car’ market.
The first serious production body shell was
known as the P1000 and sold in high numbers, so much so it came to the attention of the directors of the Ford UK.
They came to the Island wanting Peel Engineering to supply GRP (glass reinforced plastic) sports car bodies to Ford for them to produce and market a sports car.
Unfortunately this project came to nothing
after the Isle of Man Government turned down Cyril Cannell’s request for funding to enlarge the factory to accommodate the production of the large numbers of car bodies required by Ford.
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