posted at the Cohort by tbm3fan
An electric Beetle from 20 years BT
Such a soul-less drive that the owner abandoned it. Long live ICE.
Why do you think it’s abandoned? It doesn’t look to me like anything would be allowed to just sit where it is long.
I love ICE cars. I also love electric cars. This isn’t about teams or vs.
This is the future. Get used to it or get left behind.
Impressive, he even got the California Carpool exemption sticker! Just a Porsche over here though, no VW badges.
Now with car companies making electric cars these homemade versions are very much an endangered species. I don’t think I’ve seen one in Tualatin yet this year. Thanks for sharing these photos.
The CC effect strikes again. I saw (and heard) a nearly identical gas 911 drive past while I was waiting outside one of our local stores this afternoon.
There’s something extra unappealing to EV conversions in a European sports over something almost as cringe inducing as a SBC swap. It seems like there’s way more emphasis on being an EV convert, bucking “the man“ and big oil, rather than any care and craftsmanship being put into the cars themselves, or enthusiasm for the model. Cars used as EV conversions always seem an afterthought, just pick the first non-running car for the cheapest money in the classifieds and hastily fasten the motors, cables and batteries into it with pipe hanger and sheetmetal screws.
Yeah, like this one below, just a junker with some golf cart batteries and a coffee can motor:
I think you need to get your head out of the past (and ass) a bit. EV conversions on classic cars is a very high bucks business, and the demand has been considerable.
And FWIW, I’ve hardly ever encountered anyone doing a DIY EV conversion as you’ve described it. You’re just denigrating the whole thing with a throw-away put-down; pissing on other folks’ passions. Ironic, coming from a guy who’s so sensitive about the car hobby in general. I don’t think you have a clue as to what’s involved, even in a fairly basic conversion.
Shall we start pissing on all the folks who do IC engine swaps now, “with pipe hangers and sheet metal screws”?
You’re reminding me way too much of Carmine, shortly before he left the island. Is the plague getting to you?
Geez, my bad a rough 914 with a half flat tire at a boat dock reminds me of some less than stellar examples I have seen on the old craigslist classifieds, more than a famous E-type owned by the royal family. I believe I actually did piss on ICE swaps with pipe hangers and sheet metal screws too, I didn’t go on an anti-EV tear so you really don’t need to go on the defensive, I have no problem with this or SBC swaps, it just seems a lot of both end up on the under $3000 market a tad cobbled together. It’s not a denigration of all examples, it’s a red flag on some.
As far as the last line, I don’t know what to say. I made a comment in a comment section in a wordless article. I didn’t attack anyone for not hailing roger smith and GMs designs through the 80s, I made a generalization about a car I know nothing about or it’s owner based on outside anonymous appearances, just as I would if looking through old car classifieds. For all you or I know it might not even be owned by the builder of it, might be an incredible EV conversion using the latest tech with a patina appearance, or might even have an ICE swapped back into it.
I’m doing just fine, Stay safe.
Actually that boat dock is Pier 3 of the former Naval Air Station, Alameda and the car is directly across from the USS Hornet. The ship in front has been at the pier almost two years for God knows what reason since the piers are not for private parties. Either you are MARAD some old Matson container ships waiting for their end somewhere.
Owner is lucky the city police never come down to the piers, unless something happens on the Hornet, as the tags expired in 2018.
A Tesla is an electric car. A Jaguar ‘E’-Type converted to run on electricity is a crime.
Well, yes and no….I read somewhere it was converted by the Jaguar factory for the royal wedding drive-off, so I would expect it to be perfect.
Yes, professionally done. Some classic Astons are being changed over also in the UK also. The ics parts are carefully packaged, crated and stored so the owner can change back to original.
There’s a significant history of desperate Jaguar owners looking for a mechanical substitute so their beautiful cars will go to work and back every day.
I’m curious as to why the tires seem so underinflated on the E-type.
Great picture BTW.
For some reason … good weight distribution and lots of room for big lead acid batteries, perhaps … it seems like 914’s were pretty popular as EV conversions back in the day. Or maybe it was just because they were otherwise unloved, for a while, so cheap and available.
With apologies to geelongvic, the second badge could be removed and the first would still do full justice in describing the styling.
I rode in an electric 914 at the MIT Energy Conference in 2010.
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