Electric Is The Future: 1974 Citicar
Why do electric cars need to be so ugly? This next car comes as a tip from David in Tampa who writes: I was astonished to discover that the factory for these cheese wedges was not far from my home in Tampa Florida. Ironically it’s Sebring, a town known for going fast. I think you could go fast in this on the cheap if you did a Rich Rebuilds variation on harvesting the drivetrain from an electric motorcycle and stuck it in this. Find this 1974 Citicar offered for $2000 in Apollo Beach via fauxhall wedgewood.
From the seller:
1974 Citicar electric
Listed a day ago in Apollo Beach, FL
About This Vehicle
1974 Citicar, bought for cruising around town however decided to go a different route.
Very complete car, new electric motor & windshield
$2000 or best offer
See a better way to drive something electric? firstname.lastname@example.org
1)that “new” motor sure looks like the OEM installed one.
2) I suppose leaving the A pillar/roof damage fully visible allows the buyer to see why this thing still leaks after the new windshield was (competently?) installed.
3) automatic transmission? try transmission-less drivetrain.
There’s a great video where somebody tries test driving a Citicar.
After watching that, I think the only non-sketchy way to go fast in one of those would be to put the body on a shifter cart chassis. Non-sketchy is relative.
Do they ever not need batteries?
Yeppers. Just convert them over to a 2 cycle lawnmower engine.
-Stan (who would never really do this… but *might* just install a dummy or Ahnold in the front seat to make it look like a Johnny Cab from Total Recall…)