Saturday, July 30, 2016

Charged Up: 1981 Ford Escort Jet Electrica

The US version of the Ford Escort was not as well loved as the European version, which is a cult classic over on the other side of the world...but the US Escort was about as forgettable as a mild case of hand, foot and mouth disease.  Find this 1981 Ford Escort Jet Electrica here on eBay for $1,000 buy-it-now or make-offer, located in Hamilton, OH.  Tip from SeanT.

You want how much for a rusty 81 Ford Escort!?!?!  Before you get your britches all twisted, this is no ordinary pile of junk Escort from the 80s, because it was sent to a company called Jet Industries for final assembly before being sold new as an electric vehicle.

With a top speed of 60 mph and a range of about 40 miles per charge, this thing would be a decent inner city transporter, but first you've got to spend some time/effort/money on fixing it up...but if you are an electric car enthusiast, it could be the jolt you've been looking for.  

See another negatively charged pile of rust?


  1. OK, I'll jump right in, even before my good buddy Anonymous asks!

    Having lived with a 1981 Escort for nine long years (from NEW! One of my weaker moments....) I think this is an EXCELLENT use of such a hulk. Every bit as worthy as a Geo Metro.

    So you see, I am green-ish, OK?

    (but that 40 mile range would be anxiety-generating, in my books. Better to buy the Renault from yesterday)

  2. With all of the interest(?) around here the past few days in 80s-era Fords as well as electric conversions, I present to you the best (worst) of both worlds:
    1987 Ford Tempo Solar Car Corp Electric Car
    Only DT would cause me to jump on CL looking for Ford Tempos. What is wrong with me?

    1. Whoa, Anonymous, that's actually a pretty cool find. Better than the POS '81 Escort DT found. :p

      As a side note -- DT, you really missed an opportunity with this '81 Escort "Jet Electra." If you had posted it Monday as a "What am I?" feature with a closely cropped pic that only showed "ERED" + the fuel filler/plug in port, you could have aggravated all of us for days and days.


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