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Net Find Of The Day: 1980 BRADLEY GT Gullwing EV

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On: Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 5:21PM | By: Clay Ritchings

Net Find Of The Day: 1980 BRADLEY GT Gullwing EV

I was working the Google on the Internet machine and came across a very interesting and unique car that I have not seen before; sure, I have seen Bradley GT kit cars running around, but I have never come across an all-electric model. Now this is not a converted Bradley GT kit car at all, but was one of only 50 manufactured in the Bradley factory in 1980 specifically as an EV, based on a 1970 Volkswagen Beetle frame.

I have always had an interest in classic cars and EVs, but I never felt like scouring the country like Wayne Carini to find one. Luckily for us arm chair classic car guys there is the Internet. This particular car has lots of potential for anyone who has the garage, time, and because this classic is for sale on EBay, the money. The Gull wing doors are very unusual and attract attention to the car, plus it has the bulletproof standard VW manual transmission (How Does That Work?) with rear wheel drive! Each year you have this car it could improve, because new battery technologies will become available making it more powerful and lighter as time goes on. The car is being offered by the California Automotive Museum located in Sacramento, CA and at the time of this post the current bid is $4,250, but that doesn't meet the reserve price. If you are in the market for a classic or EV, why not a Classic EV? Take a look at this listing with lots of photos and a brief history.

Listing On Ebay 1980 BRADLEY GT Gullwing EV

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RoadKill | 6:28PM (Fri, Jan 15, 2010)

would you call a Tesla Gay???? I think not.


RoadKill | 2:13PM (Mon, Jan 18, 2010)

At 5900.00 with 5 days left!


James Roberts | 6:16PM (Mon, Jan 18, 2010)

It definitely cooler than these new futuristic vehicles. Have you checked out the new Nissan Leaf?


imwithcoco | 12:18PM (Tue, Jan 19, 2010)

The Leaf is a joke. Roadkill is right pure EV's will never gain any ground because of the cost to limitation ratio. Can you justify spending 15-20 grand on a car that can only travel for 40 miles before it dies? You may be able to get away with it if you live in specific parts of California where public charging stations are available but you will never be able to take that car on vacation or even a trip out of town.

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RoadKill | 8:58AM (Tue, Jan 19, 2010)

While I really like electric cars for their instant torque and low emissions I do not think that EVs are the answer. The Nissan Leaf is all electric and could only serve as a second car for a family and not the main car. In today's economy I do not know too many people that can afford a second car with the limitations that an EV will have. The Volt would work because it is an EV with a small gas engine that will kick in to only generate electricity to power the car when the power goes below 30 percent. Now you have an EV with no limitations that will work in America. Now if only GM can actually deliver the vehicle in the projected time frame and price....


imwithcoco | 12:25PM (Tue, Jan 19, 2010)

Right now the best alternative vehicle is the Toyota Prius The problem with any hybrid is the expensive batteries and the weight they add to the vehicle. The Tesla is priced out of the market for most people and the Fisker Karma and the Chevrolet Volt are still vaporware.

Will people pay 40k for a Volt when you can get a Karma for 50k-60k? Yeah its a lot of money but so is 40k for a Chevrolet. Honda could help us all out by releasing the hydrogen FCX to the entire nation and force the hand of the oil industry. Honda has the ability to put hydrogen stations at each dealer location throughout the nation This could be the start of the hydrogen infrastructure that should have been put in place 20 years ago.

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