If you’re nonetheless ready for Elio Motors to lastly construct the automotive you ordered again in 2015, I’ve nice information. Even although your Elio will in all probability by no means get delivered, you may nonetheless largely reside the dream should you’re keen to get your arms soiled and repair up this one-of-about-300 Corbin Sparrow Pizza Butts. And sure, that actually is the time period individuals use for this physique model.
Currently on the market on Cars & Bids, this Corbin Sparrow is being offered by the Peterson Auto Museum and is in unbelievable situation contemplating its age. That’s in all probability partly as a result of it solely has 1,700 miles on the odometer. That mentioned, there is one draw back — the Sparrow doesn’t run. If you wish to get it going once more, you’ll have to exchange the batteries. So the successful bid and the quantity it’s going to really value are going to be two wildly completely different numbers. Also, the Sparrow solely got here with a 50-mile vary, so really, there are two downsides.
Alternatively, as a substitute of changing the batteries, Cars & Bids suggests doing an engine swap. Maybe you can work out how one can put a Hayabusa engine in there? It would take some work, however think about being the one particular person on the planet with a Hayabusa-swapped Corbin Sparrow. You’d be the good particular person at each single Cars & Coffee. You’d be drowning in Instagram followers. It would possibly make relationship somewhat tougher, however perhaps there’s a purpose you acquire a single-seat automotive within the first place.
And you can positively say goodbye to the 75-mph prime velocity, though I’m undecided that you simply really ought to. Driving a single-seat three-wheeler that initially had a 26-hp electrical motor over 100 mph on a freeway appears like a assured strategy to die. Even so, I say go for it. Throw somewhat (OK, quite a bit) of money at this factor, and switch it into the high-revving velocity demon it was by no means meant to be. Or, you recognize, simply shell out for the brand new batteries.