Classic Cars

  • Citroen DS

    For some, the image of a classic Citroën DS passing along the Champs-Élysées couldn't be much more French if a man in a stripy top and beret walked past swinging a chain of onions. But soon, that image could be shattered as Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe is set to introduce plans that ban all pre-1997 cars from the city's streets, to curb pollution. The plans have angered classic car fans, whose vehicles make up only 3 percent of the vehicles on Parisian roads--around 365,000 cars, according to Reuters. It would take some of France's most distinctive vehicles off the streets...

  • 1959 Austin Mini Se7en De Luxe Saloon
    Classic Mini Voted Greatest British Car Ever

    If you were to compile a list of the greatest American cars ever, it's unlikely you'd find many gas sippers near the top. But in Europe, where small cars rule and gas has long been more expensive, some of the continents most iconic cars were also fairly green in their day. That's why readers of...

  • DeLorean DMC-12
    Electric DeLorean DMC-12: Better Than The Original? (Video)

    There's a line of thinking that recommends that you never meet your heroes, as they'll only disappoint you. GET YOUR FREE DAILY NEWSLETTER. SIGN UP! You could argue that the same applies to cars, and the DeLorean DMC-12, stainless star of the silver screen, is often described as one of those...

  • CleanAir LA301 range-extended electric car, October 91 issue of CAR magazine
    Chevy Volt? Old News! CleanAir Electric Car Did It 20 Years Ago

    What car can be charged up via a plug, then offers an all-electric range of around 40 miles, before a range-extending generator kicks in to supply power and top up the batteries? If you answered "Chevrolet Volt", then you'd be correct--but the Volt certainly isn't the first car to tout these...

  • 1980 Comuta-Car for sale on eBay
    Electric Cars Are Not Coming; They're Here (In 1974...)

    We've all heard the stories about how electric cars were set to take over at the turn of the last century (before ironically being killed by the electric starter motor), and at least once over the last four decades too. Now they're really here, and the fact that many major manufacturers are now...

  • 1918 Millburn Electric: Ebay
    Vintage Electric Cars Benefit From New Electric Car Sales Too

    If you’re in the market for an electric car, the chances are you’ve resigned yourself to the fact that you’re going to need to spend upwards of $30,000 in order to get a modern, convenient electric car. If that’s too much, you can always go second hand with any number of...

  • 1974 Enfield 8000 Electric Car

    Forty years ago, in the midst of fuel crisis after fuel crisis, automakers large and small around the world came up with concept and limited-run electric cars that would, it was hoped, revolutionize city commuting. They didn’t. Powered by several thousand pounds of lead acid batteries, fitted with single-digit kilowatt motors, and with price tags that would buy you a far larger, more powerful car, they remained niche market vehicles. Many ended up being used as utility test-fleet vehicles in an attempt to better understand electric car ownership. When the energy crisis of the 1970s...

  • '39 Pontiac Electric Car Conversion (© Roanoke College)
    Converting A Car To Electric? How About A ’39 Pontiac Silver Streak?

    For as long as electric cars have existed, enterprising individuals around the U.S. have sought to convert gasoline cars to electric power. Over the years, we’ve seen everything from classic British sportscars through to SUVs and pickup trucks converted to run on electric power, with...

  • 1980 Comuta-Car for sale on eBay
    eBay Watch: 1980 Comuta-Car--Retro Urban Electric Car

    We're big fans of the Renault Twizy electric car. Designed exclusively for urban use, it's a vehicle you'd purchase as much with the heart as you would with the head. Buyers of the Comuta-Car might have bought them with the stomach, as it does look rather like a wedge of cheese, but it's every bit...

  • Daryl Hannah's BioDiesel El Camino Pickup Truck
    Kill (Gas) Bills: Daryl Hannah’s Bio Diesel El Camino Sold At Auction

    For years, the great and the good of Hollywood have helped encourage people to ditch gas guzzlers by turning up to red-carpet events and driving around Beverly Hills in an eclectic mix of trendy eco-cars. But when those cars are traded in for the latest, greenest model, or perhaps swapped for...

  • 1912 Cadillac Touring Edition
    What Killed Electric Cars? The Electric Motor, 100 Years Ago

    Ever felt a bit cranky in the morning? Chances are, it's not for quite the same reason as it would have been for your great grandfather. Because originally, "cranky" was what people called you if you'd become flustered from trying to hand crank your recalcitrant automobile. But in 1912, that all...

  • Saab EV-1 Experimental Vehicle
    Rare EV-1 Up For Sale, But It Isn't An Electric Car

    Earlier today, our colleagues over at MotorAuthority told us about a collection of over 100 rare cars going under the hammer in Sweden. Among them, a complete EV-1. Complete with aerodynamic coupe styling, solar-powered cooling fan and a film appearance under its belt, bidding for this futuristic...

  • 1919 Rauch & Lang electric car. Image: Hyman Ltd. Classic Cars

    It may not be the first electric car ever built, but the original 1919 Rauch & Lang electric car currently for sale on eBay is truly an object of beauty. With elegant blue and black coachwork, whitewall tires and brass detailing - including a wonderful clock inside the cabin - it really lives up to the "Cinderella" styling and is more silent than a pumpkin carriage pulled by horses ever could be. The interior is trimmed in gray broadcloth and like many early vehicles, control is via a tiller mechanism, rather than a wheel. The whole car has been lovingly restored and only 276 miles have...

  • World's first electric car (1881) recreated
    German Autovision Museum Recreates First Ever Electric Car

    125 years ago a man named Karl Benz patented what many consider to be the first motor car. As an engineer he wasn't as adept at marketing it though, which is why his wife, Bertha, stole it and completed the world's first car journey (and you presume, the first recorded Grand Theft Auto). Less well...

  • Renee Zellweger's 1988 Honda CRX [via eBay Motors]
    Five Classic Cars With Modern-Day Gas Mileage

    Ask most people to name a classic or vintage car, and they’ll probably give you a list of V8 powered muscle cars not known for their high gas mileage. But the quest for fuel efficiency isn’t a new concept. In fact, there is a fairly large number of classic cars which when properly...

  • GMPP E-ROD 1955 Chevy Bel Air
    GM Performance Parts' E-ROD: A Hot Rod Leans Towards Green

    The 1955 Chevy Bel Air built by GM Performance Parts isn't exactly green, but it is a step in the right direction.

  • 1914 Detroit Electric car, owned by GE scientist Charles Steinmetz, Schenectady, NY, June 2011
    1914 Detroit Electric: Pretty Spry For A Century Old (Video)

    For decades, old electric cars--those built from the 1890s to 1930 or so, when the last remnants of the industry died out--were nothing more than oddities. Tall, imposing, mostly resembling closed horse carriages, they were stately but sidelined reminders of an entirely vanished way of propulsion...

  • 1985 VW CityStromer
    1985 Electric Volkswagen Golf To Return To Factory of its Birth

    When I met last month with Volkswagen to ride inside a prototype 2012 Golf Blue e-motion, I was eager to experience this all-electric version of its popular 2011 Golf hatchback. It will go into production as a 2013 model. But I also knew something the VW public relations corps didn't: the location...