Found on Craigslist: 1975 Electric Car Looks Part-Golf Cart, Part-Cheese Wedge

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Louis Klingert
For Sale: One 1975 Sebring-Vanguard CitiCar.
Before the Nissan Leaf, the Chevrolet Volt or Tesla Motors, there was the Vanguard CitiCar.

Only about two thousand CitiCars were ever made, and one of them is for sale on St. Louis Craigslist.

"The electric car is nothing new; you think it is, but it isn't," says Louis Klingert, who is selling the car in Villa Ridge. "You'd have thought it would take off, but Americans were into power and consumption. Fuel wasn't expensive then."

The trapezoidal car came out in 1974, just as the Arab oil embargo ended, bringing down the price of gas. After just three years and 2,206 cars sold, the makers went bankrupt.

"It never really took off, never really happened," Klingert tells Daily RFT.

See also: Belleville Craigslist Ad With Graphic Photo of Dead Pet Says: "A Good Dog Is A Quiet Dog"

CitiCars cost $3,000 in 1974 -- or $14,175 today, adjusting for inflation -- half the price of a typical car at the time, according to a New York Times article that describes the car as "shaped like a cheese wedge on a golf-cart chassis."

Klingert is selling his for $4,900.

The electric car only needs eight six-volt batteries to run. It doesn't go faster than 45 miles per hour, but it's designed for a city dweller who makes short trips within a 40 mile range.

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43 comments
Garry Olson
Garry Olson

Larry LaRock Gary Bitto Sue Bitto Donna Crownover

Daryl Sutphen
Daryl Sutphen

I think this sold for a couple hundred dollars at the museam of transportation auction a few years ago....

Mary Lynn Dee
Mary Lynn Dee

45 mph could feel fast if you're in a 15 mph zone lol

Richard Griffin
Richard Griffin

look at the futuristic styling, I bet thats what all cars will look like in the year 2000

Shayne Hummel
Shayne Hummel

I remember when they came out................oh.

Joe Bush
Joe Bush

I would love to drive this in Santa Monica, it would piss off all of the right people!

Sharon Logan
Sharon Logan

My husband has one for sale !!!! message me!

Vince Moses
Vince Moses

I was wondering if it could be licensed as a motorcycle, that would mean cheap insurance as well.

Kurt Werstein
Kurt Werstein

I saw that same one at the Save St. Louis Del Taco rally a couple years ago.

Jason Patrylo
Jason Patrylo

Michelle! You need this and paint it like cheese!

Harrison Elfrink
Harrison Elfrink

it looks like something from a 70s or early 80s sci-fi film.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

I would just throw it up on my shoulder like a boombox ha.. Or make some custom backpack straps...

Justin Tolentino
Justin Tolentino

i totally see you driving this home getting out and then picking it up to bring it inside...

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

They look light, you could probably stack them in wonky ways too to fit even more in.

Mark Poepsel
Mark Poepsel

Where would you get a car like that serviced? Serious question (I guess.).

Yvette Elliot
Yvette Elliot

One like this was just featured on Custom Cars, or Kustom Kars, however it's spelled. (The offshoot from Pawn Stars)

Tom O'Keefe
Tom O'Keefe

I heard it's autographed by Ed Begley, Jr.

Timothy Burch
Timothy Burch

We had a red one. not very safe. Foam bumpers and no safety features. I like the fiat and original Honda 500 before the amazing civic model.

Bowls MacLean
Bowls MacLean

Someone drove one of these to my high school. Late 80s.

Laura Harter
Laura Harter

There is a yellow one in the Normandy/Ferguson area. Looks much more like a cheese wedge in yellow. I've seen it a driving down Florissant road in the UMSL area many many times over the years.

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