Tuesday, March 9, 2010

One Man's Junk

One Man's Junk is another Man's Treasure...so they say.

A week or so ago, Monique and I took off for a local car swap meet. This is what I found...but she wouldn't let me get it!!!... The perfect "Autocross" car!

This is a Citicar made by Vangard. The CitiCar was a small electric vehicle, first produced in Florida in 1974 in response to the mid-1970s fuel crisis. It was was a tiny golf cart sized and very ugly car that could go at a top speed of about 39 mph. Early versions had no extra features such as locking doors,(who would steal it?), or air conditioning. In 1976, enough CitiCars were produced to promote Vanguard to the position of being the U.S. #6 auto manufacturer after GM, Ford, Chrysler, AMC, and Checker (Taxis...), can you believe that? I don't think US auto makers were at their best about this time. Production of the CitiCar continued until 1977 with about 2,300 CitiCars produced. The CitiCar came in three models. The original Coupe was the smallest of the three. It had a flat diagonal front, a flat roof, and a flat nearly vertical back. Early coupes had a 2.5 HP motor and 36v battery pack.

Now all the little CitiCar needs, are flames!

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