1929 Mercedes Gazelle kit car
personal conversion (partial)
SOLD! ($5,525 on 4/5/08)
"AS IS" RESTORATION PROJECT:
"Replica fiberglass 1929 Mercedes 2-seater convertible Gazelle "kit-car" mounted on a 1980 Ford Pinto frame with 4 speed manual transmission, using a Prestolite MTC 4001 96 volt DC electric motor, a Curtis Instruments PMC25 controller (serial # 3793, 96-120v, 400a), & a 120vac - 96vdc charger. This is not a PHEV, nor a sophisticated AC-EV, it is a very simple DC-BEV, without regenerative braking complications. It needs cables & some re-wiring, but it comes with good wiring diagrams. It needs 16 golf cart batteries & a 12 v battery. It has excellent battery racks [ 9 in front & 8 in trunk ]. I do not know if the motor, controller, gauges, & charger work. It has ammeter & voltmeter for 96 v battery pack & ammeter & voltmeter for 12 v battery. The carpet is ugly & should be replaced. The upholstery is good. The undercarriage is rusty, but solid. The fiberglass body is in excellent condition, however, it could use a good wax job. The leather belt over engine cover is OK, but it should probably be reconditioned or replaced. The running boards need either sanding & varnishing, or rubber floor mats attached to them. The bumper at right front is bent. It has some miscellaneous minor problems, like door latch handle & roof supports. The old dim tail lights/brake lights should really be replaced, for safety reasons, with brighter LED lights [ about $50 at Wal-Mart ]. The 5 tires are good [ the spare is a cool looking continental mount ]. My mechanic is now replacing transmission fluid & rear-end grease with new fluids, & ensuring that the braking system is up to top-notch performance level. The gentleman I bought it from claimed that, with lead acid batteries, it had a top speed of 70 & a range of 70. His top speed claim seems reasonable to me. I do not know at what speed [ 40 ? ], terrain, or how many "stop-and-go"s he drove to go 70 miles. I do not know about the 0 - 60 time. Obviously, better batteries would provide better performance. It comes with 2 Pinto service manuals for suspension, steering, & braking systems. Inspected, new VIN, registered, & licensed in AZ as a 1929 Mercedes electric vehicle [ fuel type = E ]. State Farm Insurance is costing me only $7.03/month. Without batteries, you can easily haul it home on a small Home Depot $1300 utility trailer. I'm getting married, soon, so, I am letting this fun restoration project go. Hey, we all have our priorities !"
ammeter & voltmeter for 96v pack, ammeter & voltmeter for 12v battery.|
Excellent battery racks [ 9 in front & 8 in trunk ] & a Prestolite MTC 4001 96 volt electric motor.
Curtis Instruments PMC25 controller (serial # 3793, 96-120v, 400a).
Inspected, registered, & licensed in AZ as a 1929 Mercedes electric vehicle [ fuel type "E" ]. State Farm Insurance is only $7.03/month.
Without the weight of the batteries, you can easily haul it home on a small $1300 utility trailer.