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Friday Flashback: The Ford Fairmont Wagon EV Conversion

January 24th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro

Electric vehicle conversions have been around for decades, though most of these early, primitive conversions didn’t last long beyond their intended useful life. This Ford Fairmont EVA Conversion is a rare survivor from the early days of electrification, and for just $1,000 it could be your little slice of electric car history. Make sure you bring your tools though

Flashback Friday: The BMW Diesel-Powered Lincoln Mark VII

August 2nd, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

In the early 80s American automakers were caught flat-footed by yet another oil crisis and serious inflation woes. This led to the rapid deployment of diesel cars, which no American automaker had any experience with. While GM developed an awful diesel V8 on its own, Ford paired with BMW to offer a line of diesel-powered Lincoln Mark VII coupes that are today valued more for their rarity than performance

Flashback Friday: The Cadillac V8-6-4 Fiasco

May 10th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

In the late 70s and early 80s, America was facing a gas and credit crisis. Seems familiar, right? The thing is, back then, computers weren’t nearly as advanced as today’s technological wonders. But that didn’t stop Cadillac from offering the L62 V8-6-4, a displacement-on-demand system that was too forward-thinking for the computers of the early 80s to handle

Flashback Friday: A 1947 Volkswagen With Aerodynamics To Spare

April 12th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

At the end of World War II, much of Europe’s industry was devastated and there wasn’t a lot of money to spend on cars, or gas. While people loved the reliability of the Volkswagen Beetle, it was painfully slow even back then. VW engineers then developed an all-aluminum, uber-aerodynamic Beetle concept called the V2 Sagitta that could go nearly 90 mph using the same 24 horsepower engine

Flashback Friday: The Chrysler Turbine Cars

February 8th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

The internal combustion engine has been the undisputed king of motoring since the early 20th century, though automakers have constantly strived to find an alternative. Perhaps one of the best-remembered alternatives to the combustion engine was the fleet of Chrysler Turbine Cars paraded about during the 1960s. Can you imagine a world where turbine engines reigned supreme

Flashback Friday: The 80-mile Detroit Electric Car From 105 Years Ago

January 18th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

Electric cars have always been around in one form or another, and when the auto industry was still in its infancy, electric vehicles were actually quite popular. To kick off a new series of articles looking at the green cars of yesteryear, we decided to go all the way back to the very beginning of the American car culture, when a little company called Detroit Electric was selling a 100% electric car with an advertised driving range of 80 miles

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