2008 Shanghai Shenke
Lot 354
2008 Shanghai Shenke 'Wind Up' Chassis no. L8YHW15C685000015 Engine no. 08041357
Sold for £13,225 (US$ 22,228) inc. premium
Lot Details
2008 Shanghai Shenke 'Wind Up'
Registration no. OU58 ECA
Chassis no. L8YHW15C685000015
Engine no. 08041357


  • Built in 2008, 'Wind Up' is the world's smallest roadworthy car. It is around the same size as a domestic washing machine, and with dimensions of 4' long, 4' high and 2' wide, is almost half the size of the previous record holder, the Peel P50. The car is pictured in the 2013 Guinness Book of Records and has featured on TV shows including 'Pulling Power', 'Top Gear', 'Blue Peter' and the Discovery Channel as well as many other TV and automotive shows internationally.

    Underneath the body sits a Shanghai Shenke quad bike, purchased new in 2008. The quad was completely dismantled and the rear seat section chopped off and replaced with a custom-built 2"x1" box-section seat frame that fits inside the body, which was taken from a 'Postman Pat' child's static ride, as found outside supermarkets and in shopping centres. The swinging arm was shortened by 6" along with the drive chain, and the rear brake calliper relocated underneath the chassis. The front wishbones were all remanufactured and new suspension mounting points fabricated. 'Wind Up' has a new steering column assembly with a spiral bevel gearbox in the centre to transfer the drive through 90 degrees. Rear wheels and tyres are from a Monkey bike and the front wheels are machined from billet aluminium. Final touches are lights from a 'street fighter' motorcycle, Lucas indicators, 6mm laminated windscreen, 'Pop' Browns windscreen wiper system and a Hilborn air scoop. 'Wind Up' is powered by a 150cc engine with integral 'automatic' gearbox and has a top speed of 35mph.

    This vehicle is offered for sale as an exhibition/museum/collector's piece or for off-road promotional use. DVLA inspection and approval is required prior to use on the public highway. As evidence of mechanical soundness, the car is offered for sale with 10 months MoT, while all show cards and world record certificates are included, as is the web site and domain name. It also comes with a Swansea V5C document.

Saleroom notices

  • This vehicle comes with a current Swansea V5, however a UK DVLA inspection and approval is required before any further Registration Documents (V5Cs) will be issued
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