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Jun 23, 2006

Karmann Electra

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A vintage Karmann-Ghia converted to all electric!

I spotted this at the Volvo-specialist garage on W. Chapel Hill St. near the Durham Food Co-op.

Got me thinking about a '79 MG Midget that I know of -- for sale at $1,000.  I'm told it would take ~$5,000 (and a bunch of time) to convert it to electric.  Hmmmm....

Better yet, I hope that my friends J and S will buy it for their mechanically inclined 15 year old.  Imagine -- he takes a year to build his own environmentally conscious vintage convertible: how cool would he be or what?  And his parents would be pleased that their boy is starting his driving life with a car that won't go way-the-hell-too-fast.  I wish my parents had done that for me.

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Comments

Pant Pant Pant Pant!!!!!

I have wanted a Karmann Ghia since I was in high school. Preferably orange,thankyouverymuch.

And electric? Even better!

Posted by: lastewie | Jun 23, 2006 7:30:41 AM

That wouldn't be for sale, by any chance, would it?

Posted by: Ken | Jun 23, 2006 10:23:24 AM

Ken -- I have no idea if it's for sale, but I could ask for you. For some reason, I can't remember the name of the auto place (nor can I find it easily via the internet) but I swing by all the time so no problem. Just let me know!

Posted by: Phil | Jun 24, 2006 4:17:41 PM

Ken --

Oh, duh -- I did find it. Here you go:

Absolute Automotive
1105 West Chapel Hill Street
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 403-7575

Posted by: Phil | Jun 24, 2006 4:19:09 PM

Very cool. We just had an electric golf cart modified so that it runs entirely on solar power. We drive it at the Earthaven ecovillage near Black Mountain.

Posted by: Martha | Jun 26, 2006 8:43:59 PM