Sidewalk Runner: 1972 Kelsen Sports Rider
It is Thursday, so that means time for something wacky. Wacky Thursdays, we call ’em. And there isn’t much more wacky than an early 70s vintage electric golf cart that some nut decided could be an enclosed car. This one doesn’t have a license plate, but this Kelsen appears to have lights and turn signals and all the things necessary to drive on the street if you one was daring. You’d probably be quicker walking, but the glass enclosure should keep you free from the COVID infected spittle of the other people on the sidewalk. Find this 1972 Kelsen Sports Rider offered for $3,500 in Monterey, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
From the seller:
title status: clean
1972 KELSEN SPORTS RIDER
title status: clean
1972 KELSEN SPORTS RIDER ELECTRIC MOTORCAR
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1972 Kelsen sport rider 36v electric car. This has been sitting for many years. The conduction is unknown. Not running. It was built by Kelsen Manufacturing Company out of Stanton, Calif. and sold in Long Beach. This was a true automobile including turn signal, hardtop, bumpers, chargers, steering tiller, horn, rear view mirrors and was sold as a true automobile. Sports Riders have exclusive hood emblems from the 1959 Ford Galaxy 300. The Sports Riders came in primary colors blue, white red and Daytona Yellow. Call if interested
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First thought: I’m a bit stumped about what sports one would use it for.
Second thought: Would it do wheelies with a Tesla motor swap and some Volt battery packs?
Apparently, a three-wheeled version sold at Barrett Jackson.
Also, apparently, the description was lifted from that one since this one has a steering wheel, not a tiller, and maybe that one has some sort of “exclusive hood emblems from the 1959 Ford Galaxy 300”
A fascinating history of why there were a dozen or so tiny electric car companies in Long Beach. Spoiler, it was legal for old people and drunks to drive them on the sidewalk.