In light of rising gas prices, we're not surprised to see fuel-sipping alternative-fuel vehicles fetching good money on eBay.; But why not purchase some style by means of a pair of 1980 Jet Electrica 007s?
Wait, style?; These?; Really?
In light of Jet Industries' other products, we'd say yes.; Based in Austin, Texas during the 1980s, Jet specialized in converting everything from the Ford Escort to the Subaru Sambar microvan to electric power.; In light of those offerings, the Electrica 007 - built off Dodge's Omni 024 - had some (questionable) sport appeal.
As neglected as this duo is, they are, in a sense, time capsules.; Both were purchased by the city government of Denver, Colorado, in the early 1980s; judging by their condition, it looks as if both may have sat ever since.; Although their interiors are grungy, body panels bent and weatherstripping certainly cracked, they are remarkably solid for Malaise-era Mopars.
That said, you're going to need more than some elbow grease to get these babies sparkin'; we'd recommend a masters in electrical engineering and a penchant for high-voltage circuits.; Neither car is currently running, which makes sense - neither has the twenty lead-acid batteries required to power the car.; We'd also want to take a look at the drive mechanicals, including the controllers and the 23-hp DC motors themselves.
There's no doubting they're a unique (and electrifying) find.; But given the amount of work each demands - coupled with the lack of a good EV parts source - we're wondering if they're worth the risk.; We'll see if the duo pushes past $2000 on eBay.; We'll bet on it - there are, after all, six days left...