Legrand Elecrtric Car from the 70's for Sale
The basic underpinnings of this futuristic model come from the very mechanically simple Volkswagen Beetle. The body that covers the Beetle’s chassis was made from a combination of polyurethane foam and fiberglass, making it very light.
Power for this 70’s bat-mobile comes from a 8 hp (6 kW) electric motor that was matted directly with the car’s drive shaft. The juice comes from twelve 6 volt batteries connected in series to produce a total of 72 volts. The gearstick is not connected to a gearbox, as it only inverses the flow of current when you want to reverse the car.
A separate electric system was created for all the car’s other functions. Thus a 12 volt battery powers the turn signals, funky lights and windscreen wipers. No word on weather any of it actually works but the sell states the car has a range of 50 miles (81 km) and a top speed of 55 mph (89 km/h).
Styling-wise, the car is a bright day-glow orange with a stripe down the side and black bumpers. The 70’s style is evidence in the boxy look with square wheel arches that are enclosed at the back.
The seller is asking $4,200 (€3,016) for this orange predecessor of current EVs. He has also included an article from an old newspaper that talks about Mr. Legrand’s pet-project when it was brand new.
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