The 1916 Owen Magnetic Tourer that crossed the Bonhams auction block last month was more than a beautiful snapshot from an obscure moment in American automotive history. As one of the technological wonders of its time, the Magnetic Tourer didn’t have any mechanical connection between its big 374-cubic-inch (6.1-liter) inline-6 engine and the drive wheels. And it could store energy through regenerative braking, or use its battery power to drive the vehicle for short distances. It was by today’s definition a series hybrid. The engine has no physical link to the wheels; it drives a...
Volkswagen XL1 eco halo already a sound investment?
It’s been less than five years since Volkswagen produced its limited run of just 250 XL1 plug-in diesel hybrid coupes, of which only 200 were sold to retail buyers. The Volkswagen XL1 has all the makings of an instant collectible, with its combination of low production volume, advanced...Bengt Halvorson
110-year-old electric cars sold at auction as collectors start to appreciate them
Two early electric cars recently sold at auction in the U.K.Stephen Edelstein
Is this 1896 horseless carriage the world's very first hybrid car?
An 1896 Armstrong phaeton could be the world's first hybrid car.Stephen Edelstein
First 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Electric Car To Be Auctioned For Charity
The first 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf electric car will be auctioned off online.Stephen Edelstein
Bruce Weiner Microcar Exhibits Make Nearly $8M At Auction
How much would you pay for a car that could fit in the bed of most pickup trucks? If that car is a 1958 FMR Tg500 Tiger, like a Messerschmitt with four wheels, the answer is $280,000. Well, you might not pay that personally, but somebody did, as hundreds of microcars were auctioned at the Bruce...Antony Ingram
If you've heard of a 1951 Atlas Babycar, 1954 Cuno Bistram or a 1956 Eshelman Deluxe Adult Sport Car, you've probably visited The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum in Madison, Georgia. Filled with the tiniest, oddest cars you could ever contemplate, the museum was a shrine to the largest collection of microcars in the world. We say "was", because as of February 15, the entire collection is set to be auctioned off, and expected to raise over $11 million. Weiner has spent the last 15 years putting his collection together, which includes everything from familiar 1950s cars like the BMW Isetta and...
Tired 15-Year Old Chevy S-10 Electric Pickup Sells For $4,000
How much would you pay for a tired 1997 Chevrolet S-10 pickup, especially one of unknown condition? A quick look at auction site eBay tells us that at best, even a tidy example of would be worth little more than $1000. What if that truck happened to be powered by the same drivetrain that was found...Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
2012 Fisker Karma In 3 Days? eBay Seller Wants It Gone--For Charity
Just can't wait for a 2012 Fisker Karma, the first examples of which are now finally arriving at dealers? Well, you can always turn to eBay, that massive online repository for all things of all kinds. The auction site currently carries a listing for a 2012 Fisker Karma, one of two the seller says...John Voelcker