Carbon Motors' would-be cop car headed to auction
It's being marketed to "very well moneyed car enthusiasts," the company reportedly said in court filings, and Carbon Motors' bankruptcy attorney says that late-night talk show host Jay Leno has expressed interest in the E7 (future Jay Leno's Garage subject?). But the company listed $21.7 million in liabilities in its Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, and the sale of the E7 likely won't come close to paying off the full amount.
The E7 was envisioned as the first purpose-built police car to be used in police departments nationwide. BMW, one of the private creditors to whom Carbon Motors owes money, was to supply the twin-turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engines. The timing was perfect because Ford discontinued the patrol stalwart Crown Victoria in 2012, which had become long in the tooth.
Before the E7 could be written into the history books, however, Translogic went for a spin in the car with Carbon Motors' co-founder Stacey Dean Stephens - and it's impressive, especially in light of potential safety issues with brand-new police vehicles.
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