Monday, September 26, 2022



Vintage electric car might not be good as a ‘toad’

The oil crisis of 1973 changed gas prices forever and made an electric car that costs about a penny a mile to operate look attractive. In its two short years on sale, 1974 to 1976, the radical CityCar sold better than any electric car in history, about 2,600 units.

It was manufactured by Sebring-Vanguard, Inc., based in Sebring, Florida. Critics called it a glorified golf cart.

Its specs: It had a 36 v DC motor (with Vanguard multi-voltage speed control); six 6-volt batteries for the standard CitiCar model. Its range was up to 50 miles at a top speed of 28 miles per hour. It could go from standing still to 28 mph in 11.6 seconds.

Later models would use eight batteries and could go 45 mph. Even so, this probably wouldn’t be a good candidate to tow behind your motorhome.

You can see this 1976 model at the America on Wheels Museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Read more about this vehicle and why it never made the Big Time!

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4 years ago

Don”t forget the Chevrolet pickup in the late nineties that was so successful that the oil companies made them call back all of them and destroyed every one they can get their hands on.

2 years ago
Reply to  JRRose

I know people love their oil company conspiracy theories however the reality is just a bit different. These were proof of concept vehicles that, except for the 60 that somehow got sold, were leased to customers with the understanding that they would be returned after the lease. (Same with the EV-1). The reason was simple. GM did not want to have to maintain parts and service for a vehicle that was never intended to go into mass production.

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