Saturday, December 12, 2015

GSXR600 Power: 1974 Zagato Zele Elcar

The Zagato Zele was an oddball electric microcar built and sold from 1974 through 1976 by Zagato based out of Milan, Italy.  Of the 500 examples built, we've got two of them for sale in a single listing, but only one of them is still powered by the original electric drive...the other is powered by a 600cc superbike engine.  Find this 1974 Zagato Zele Elcar bidding here on eBay offered for $2,600 with 2 days to go, located in The Colony, TX. Hat tip to Oddimotive

The Zele was one of those cars that when new was supposed to be futuristic, but totally missed the mark...and looks like a vision of the future from the past.  Just think of the stuff they drive in Tron, Blade Runner, THX 1138, etc.  At least it has had the electric drive replaced with something a little faster...

Somewhere inside this thing is a 600cc inline-4 borrowed from a Suzuki crotch rocket that should be good for around 100 horsepower at 12,000 rpm....which is roughly a millionty times more power than the original electric setup. 

See a cooler way to die?


  1. Yeah,this looks pretty scary. Don't get me wrong,I would want to drive it but I just imagine that it is way quicker than ever imagined by the original designers and would be no safer than the bike the engine came from. Given the price though its probably the cheapest way to lose your license while not on a motorcycle

  2. Ebay ad is pointless without a drag video.

  3. Now even scarier. Battery in a bare wood box. Nice job getting the fire tender as close as possible to an ignition source.

    1. I'm not sure if I should be buying anything from "THE COLONY, TEXAS" that gives me the heebeejeebies

  4. This could be a motor head's most elegant solution to a terminal diagnosis.

    The Kevorkian GT - Zagato Edition

    1. Perfect way to go, and as a bonus, it's not much bigger than a standard coffin, so wrapping things up should be a breeze for your loved-ones. Just drop the whole mess in a nearby hole and we're done. :-)


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