Slowest cars

Top 40 slowest cars in the world. Updated March 2021.

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. 1955 BMW Isetta 53 Photo of 1955 BMW Isetta
4. 1957 Fiat Nuova 500 53 Photo of 1957 Fiat Nuova 500
5. 1957 Glas Googomobil TS 250 53 Photo of 1957 Glas Googomobil TS 250
6. 1982 Austin FX4Q 56 Photo of 1982 Austin FX4Q
7. 1965 Trabant 601 Universial 60 Photo of 1965 Trabant 601 Universial
8. Trabant 601 62 Photo of Trabant 601
9. 1972 Fiat 500 R 62 Photo of 1972 Fiat 500 R
10. 2009 Tata Nano 68 Photo of 2009 Tata Nano
11. 1972 Fiat 126 70 Photo of 1972 Fiat 126
12. 1929 Ford Model A 70 Photo of 1929 Ford Model A
13. 1960 VW Käfer 1200 Cabriolet 71 Photo of 1960 VW Käfer 1200 Cabriolet
14. 1979 Citroen 2CV Charleston 73 Photo of 1979 Citroen 2CV Charleston
15. 1948 Tucker Torpedo 75 Photo of 1948 Tucker Torpedo
16. 1959 NSU Sport-Prinz 75 Photo of 1959 NSU Sport-Prinz
17. 1973 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 454 LS5 76 Photo of 1973 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 454 LS5
18. 1960 Morris Mini Traveller 76 Photo of 1960 Morris Mini Traveller
19. 1969 VW Käfer 1300 76 Photo of 1969 VW Käfer 1300
20. 1970 Bond Bug 700 ES 76 Photo of 1970 Bond Bug 700 ES
21. 1959 Messerschmitt Tiger TG 500 78 Photo of 1959 Messerschmitt Tiger TG 500
22. 1956 Troll Troll 81 Photo of 1956 Troll Troll
23. 2020 Brabus Ultimate E 81 Photo of 2020 Brabus Ultimate E
24. 1956 Morris Minor 81 Photo of 1956 Morris Minor
25. 2020 Seat Mii Electric 81 Photo of 2020 Seat Mii Electric
26. 2020 Opel Zafira-e Life Medium 81 Photo of 2020 Opel Zafira-e Life Medium
27. 2017 Smart Forfour EQ 81 Photo of 2017 Smart Forfour EQ
28. 2019 VW e-Up 82 Photo of 2019 VW e-Up
29. 1962 Opel Kadett 1000S 83 Photo of 1962 Opel Kadett 1000S
30. 1986 Porsche 924 S 83 Photo of 1986 Porsche 924 S
31. 2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive 83 Photo of 2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive
32. 1958 Abarth 500 GT Carozzeria Zagato 83 Photo of 1958 Abarth 500 GT Carozzeria Zagato
33. 2004 Mini Cooper S 84 Photo of 2004 Mini Cooper S
34. 1991 Honda Beat 84 Photo of 1991 Honda Beat
35. 1926 Bentley Speed 6 84 Photo of 1926 Bentley Speed 6
36. 1980 Zastava Yugo 45 84 Photo of 1980 Zastava  Yugo 45
37. 2018 Renault Zoe R110 84 Photo of 2018 Renault Zoe R110
38. 2020 Renault Twingo Electric 84 Photo of 2020 Renault Twingo Electric
39. 1984 Fiat Panda 4x4 84 Photo of 1984 Fiat Panda 4x4
40. 1957 Lotus Seven 85 Photo of 1957 Lotus Seven

Sources

FastestLaps.com (1-3, 8-12, 15, 19, 20, 22, 23, 29, 30, 32, 34-36, 40), Autozeitung Classic Cars (4, 5, 16, 21), Auto Bild Klassik (6, 7, 13, 18, 24), Auto Motor und Sport (14, 27), Car & Driver (17), Autozeitung (25, 26, 37, 38), Quattroroute (28, 31), EVO (33), Autocar (39)

List authored by Christian Zelcs. Last updated on 03/30/2021, last addition - Smart Fortwo Electric Drive.