eBay Find of the Day: 1980 AMC Hornet electric car

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Information about the Solargen Electric Motor Car Company and its conversion of old AMC models is pretty scarce, but we've been able to glean a few things about the company through the internet. Started in 1979 in Cortland, New York, Solargen used lead-acid batteries to power small electric motors which replaced the classic inline six cylinder engines of AMC models like the Concord and Hornet. Apparently, the vehicles were only capable of about 30 miles or so of range and couldn't quite reach highway speeds. Not surprisingly, therefore, the company didn't last very long. Apparently, the Solargen's president ran to Africa shortly after losing a lawsuit against AMC and General Motors. After that comforting introduction, perhaps (or, perhaps not) you'd be interested to see one of the Solargen AMC Hornet wagons on eBay right now. Unfortunately, this particular vehicle is not a runner, having had its batteries removed some time ago. On the positive side, the owner reports that the vehicle has only seen fifty-one miles of action. So far, no bids have been placed, so the opening mark of $3,500 could make you the next owner.

[Source: eBay]

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