How did this thing end up moving from Northern California across the country to North Carolina? Dunno, but with some digging through the NC seller's linked iCloud photo album, we find interior photos showing sporty bucket seats that are decidedly not stock, and some blurry/grainy photos of electrical bits and controllers. The batteries were seemingly squirreled away in every available orifice, including the frunk, the area formerly known as the back seat, the empty spaces on either side of the former engine bay, and somewhere else I've missed, surely. What I can say for certain is that this thing must carry tremendous weight vs. the original lightweight, aircooled, gasoline powered configuration.
If this thing isn't a total rustbucket (which it doesn't appear to be), $7k or best offer seems like a fair starting point for a good looking and rare classic that was never sold in the US. Part of me wonders how good this could really be if the ancient batteries were replaced with modern LiPo packs, and perhaps that forklifty motor could be substituted for something more...brushless and powerful. As the owner of a Traxxas Slash VXL electric RC stadium truck, I can say that doing bumper wheelies with a rear-motor electric vehicle is entertaining in scale form but would be FAR more life-changing in 1:1. How about hydroplaning in a '60s Volkswagen? Power density coupled with instant torque is an amazing combination.
Oh yeah, this thing doesn't currently run, so bring a...
battery charger...electrical engineering degree.
|Photo from RENEWABLES.com, accompanying builder Stephen Heckeroth's words|
|This looks like a scene from one of the Back to the Future movies, or maybe Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein|
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