It can be old or new. But follow Rule #1 and you must post a picture of it and why. For me, it would be a 64' Impala Lowrider. Reason? It'd be sick!
Any small sports car. Saab sonnet, MGs, bugeyed sprites, lotus Europa, etc. Wouldnt want 400 miles of range and an additional 1k pounds, but maybe 100 miles and keep as much weight off as possible while dramatically increasing HP and tq.
Also, 60's Lincoln's and caddys.
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signatures are annoying, right?
As much as I’m enamoured by the idea, I think for as often as I’d actually drive a classic car (ie not every day) it wouldn’t make sense to put money into electrifying it. Part of the appeal is the sound & rumble of the engine, after all.
I’d consider doing it to a more recent car with a blown or money-pit engine. Even IMS-failed 9x6s aren’t a common find anymore though (most have been retrofit at clutch change). RX-8 with poor compression maybe? There isn’t even novelty to saving a Focus with a failing DCT as Ford already did their own electric Focus.
Maybe a cheap Nissan Titan or Armada since their 5.6s guzzle so damn much. Cayenne? FX 35/45?
I am currently looking into what would need to be done in order to make my 94 Golf electric. I have been putting off making a decision on replacing the engine after I dropped a valve. Now seems like a good time to play with electricity.
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I think it would be pretty cool to take one of the lame non-VTEC del Sols and retrofit it as a 200hp RWD EV. The S and Si models really didn't have any collector value like the B16A DOHC VTEC ones. An aftermarket brake kit or even Integra brakes would take care of stopping power, any old 15x7s would give you the ability to run a decent enough tire, any old coilover kit or just a decent spring & shock kit and the RWD EV setup. You could have the electrics at the rear and maybe split the battery pack between the front and rear to get decent weight balance.
I think it would work and be fun. Like a baby Tesla Roadster.
Electrifying classic cars will be a huge market in the next 5-10 years.
It is Pro Touring taken one step further. Imagine a 10 second '69 GTO that is quiet, comfortable and efficient?
I know the sound is a large part of the muscle car experience, but it is not the only part of it, and as the "speedy" muscle cars get beat at the stop lights by kids in a silent Toyota, people will start converting.
As much as I like the noise of my aircooled flat 4, I'd EV swap my super in a heartbeat. Having the instant torque and speed would be awesome in that little car.
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I want to go to EV West and get my old Comet converted to Tesla power...
I want the style, but the power and silent luxury of the electric drivetrain. In fact I'd probably do it to the convertible version as having a convertible EV would be fun. The Comet is only 2400lbs in stock form, so with the EV conversion, it'd probably still be under 3000 lbs. So even a basic Tesla drivetrain would be quick and should get decent range.
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"Like a fine Detroit wine, this vehicle has aged to budgetary perfection"
AWD Tesla Model 3 motors for some real performance I feel would do this car justice more than any of its non-RSI drivetrains ever did.
Any car which holds together for a whole race is too heavy.
1965 Buick Riviera. It'd make my perfect classic car for my dream Palm Springs MCM home, alongside another luxury EV (all powered by a PV array and storage battery, of course).
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I'm considering electric for my 69 beetle. Wild general estimates are 3k for a good vw engine, 3k for a Subaru, or 5k+ for a junkyard diy electric build.
Almost entirely off topic, but if you put tesla bits in a 69 beetle/bronco/continental, do you get to use superchargers? Do you register as the tesla that you scrapped?