Slowest cars

Top 40 slowest cars in the world. Updated September 2022.

Almost all modern cars can exceed legal speed limit on any public road, save for German autobahn. This extra "headroom" for speed can be considered as safety feature - the faster the car the more easily and quickly it can overtake other cars at highway speed, or the more powerful it is, the quicker it can get out of dangerous situations.

The luxury of having extra power and speed, however, is not universal to all types of cars. The classic microcar or "bubble car", such as Peel P50 or BMW Isetta, had engines so small, that they did not even have enough power to reach and maintain the standard 60 mph or 90 kph highway speed limit.

For cars like this even 40 mph required wide open throttle and favorable conditions with no headwind or road incline.

# make & model Speed (mph)▼ Image
1. 1962 Peel P50 38 Photo of 1962 Peel P50
2. 1975 Zagato Zele 40 Photo of 1975 Zagato Zele
3. 1908 Ford Model T 45 Photo of 1908 Ford Model T
4. 1952 Lloyd LP 300 47 Photo of 1952 Lloyd LP 300
5. 1953 Lloyd LS 400 Kombi 47 Photo of 1953 Lloyd LS 400 Kombi
6. 1953 Messerschmitt KR175 48 Photo of 1953 Messerschmitt KR175
7. 1954 Lloyd LP 400 S 50 Photo of 1954 Lloyd LP 400 S
8. 1955 BMW Isetta 53 Photo of 1955 BMW Isetta
9. 1957 Glas Googomobil TS 250 53 Photo of 1957 Glas Googomobil TS 250
10. 1952 Champion 400 53 Photo of 1952 Champion 400
11. 1957 Fiat Nuova 500 53 Photo of 1957 Fiat Nuova 500
12. 1955 Glas Goggomobil T 300 53 Photo of 1955 Glas Goggomobil T 300
13. 1956 Heinkel Kabine 175 54 Photo of 1956 Heinkel Kabine 175
14. 1949 Fiat 500 C Giardiniera 55 Photo of 1949 Fiat 500 C Giardiniera
15. 1982 Austin FX4Q 56 Photo of 1982 Austin FX4Q
16. 1955 Messerschmitt KR200 57 Photo of 1955 Messerschmitt KR200
17. 1956 Maico 500 57 Photo of 1956 Maico 500
18. 1952 Fiat 500 C 58 Photo of 1952 Fiat 500 C
19. 1929 Plymouth Model U 58 Photo of 1929 Plymouth Model U
20. 1961 VW Transporter T1 1.2 59 Photo of 1961 VW Transporter T1 1.2
21. 1965 Trabant 601 Universial 60 Photo of 1965 Trabant 601 Universial
22. 1956 Fiat 600 Multipla 60 Photo of 1956 Fiat 600 Multipla
23. 1957 Berkeley SE 328 60 Photo of 1957 Berkeley SE 328
24. 1957 Lloyd Alexander 62 Photo of 1957 Lloyd Alexander
25. 1958 Glas Goggomobil T 600 62 Photo of 1958 Glas Goggomobil T 600
26. 2007 Brabus Unimog Black Edition 62 Photo of 2007 Brabus Unimog Black Edition
27. Trabant 601 62 Photo of Trabant 601
28. 1972 Fiat 500 R 62 Photo of 1972 Fiat 500 R
29. 1953 Fiat 1400 Diesel 63 Photo of 1953 Fiat 1400 Diesel
30. 1955 Lloyd LP 600 63 Photo of 1955 Lloyd LP 600
31. 1952 Mercedes-Benz 170 DS 64 Photo of 1952 Mercedes-Benz 170 DS
32. 1953 Renault 4CV 64 Photo of 1953 Renault 4CV
33. 1957 BMW 600 64 Photo of 1957 BMW 600
34. 1990 Mitsubishi Shogun 3.0 V6 65 Photo of 1990 Mitsubishi Shogun 3.0 V6
35. 1952 Borgward Hansa 1800 D 65 Photo of 1952 Borgward Hansa 1800 D
36. 1955 Fiat 600 65 Photo of 1955 Fiat 600
37. 1946 VW Käfer 65 Photo of 1946 VW Käfer
38. 1952 Morris Minor Series II 66 Photo of 1952 Morris Minor Series II
39. 1953 Mercedes-Benz 170 S-D 66 Photo of 1953 Mercedes-Benz 170 S-D
40. 1955 Goliath GP 700 E 66 Photo of 1955 Goliath GP 700 E

Sources

FastestLaps.com (1, 2, 8, 26-28, 34), Car Life (3, 20), Auto Motor und Sport (4-7, 10-13, 16-19, 24, 25, 29-32, 35, 37-40), Autozeitung Classic Cars (9), ADAC (14), Auto Bild Klassik (15, 21), Automobil Revue (22, 33, 36), Car & Driver (23)

List authored by Christian Zelcs. Last updated on 09/17/2022, last addition - Ford Model T.