The original Peel Engineering Company was based on the Isle of Man, and was a well-known manufacturer of the Peel P50 and Trident three wheel microcars in the early 1960s. The P50 is still listed in the Guiness Book of Records as the World's Smallest Production Car. It achieved fame more recently when Jeremy Clarkson drove one around the BBC Television Centre during an edition of Top Gear! (see Video Library)
A few years ago the company was aquired by car enthusiast and businessman Gary Hillman and his partner Faizal Khan, who started making both the P50 and Trident again in modified versions. In 2010 they and the cars appeared on the Dragons' Den TV show and won investment from James Caan, which has enabled them to produce more of the cars and to develop a range of retail merchandise to capitalise on the cars' popularity around the world.
Pembleton Motor Company
The Pembleton Motor Company was established in 1999 by ex national hillclimb champion and designer Phil Gregory, in order to build a three-wheeler heritage sports car which echoed the classic 1920s cycle car. Initially these Morgan-inspired 3-wheelers were offered in kit form only, but in late 2015 the company started marketing factory-built cars called the V-Sport.
The cars are built at Pembleton's premises near Kidderminster, Worcestershire.
Pilgrim was established in the late 1960’s with the first few cars being constructed in the original owner’s home garage in Sussex. The unbelievers said it would never catch on, but Pilgrim slowly grew into the largest manufacturer of replica Cobras in Europe.
At its height Pilgrim was producing ten kits a week as well as building turnkey cars at the factory. It is believed that Pilgrim has produced in excess of 15,000 kits as cars and kits since its inception in that small garage.
Along the way Pilgrim has also built other cars/kits which have included The Bulldog, Family Tourer, Haldane, Jeepster, Hawthorn, Minotaur, Martini and of course the ever famous Sumo Mk1, Mk2 and the current Mk3. They are also specialists in classic American muscle cars.
At the moment they are renovating the factory which is a massive task, so far in excess of 70 tons of detritus have been cleared from the site. The factory, based near Brighton, is 16500 sq ft with a sales area of 14,000sq ft. Pilgrim Motorsports currently build a replica of the iconic Cobra called the Sumo Mk3.
Founded in 1985 by Jim Marland, Proteus has been a leader in the field of replica inspired sports cars, evoking the sights, sounds, performance and experience of a 1950s sports racing car coupled with modern reliability and handling. The company has a reputation for engineering excellence and superb craftsmanship, resulting in cars that are today some of the most valuable re-creations of those iconic models. Proteus was purchased in 2008 by its current owners, with Jim Marland re-joining the company as a technical consultant. Proteus have built a total of around 270 cars at their base near Reading and they currently produce a Jaguar C-Type replica.