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Meet The Electric Car From The 70s That Tells Tesla 'I Was Here First'

Most car manufacturers are working on electric models nowadays but whenever EVs enter the conversation, Tesla is likely the company which comes to mind.

The electric car makers, owned by Elon Musk, is undoubtedly leading the pack where it pertains to such and they're looking to take it a step further with fully autonomous vehicles, although they should expect lots of legal hurdles.

Tesla has been around a while and their first EV was the Roadster, which was revealed in 2006 and became available two years later. However, electric cars have been around since Musk was but a toddler, with a company called Sebring-Vanguard coming up with a wedge-shaped, two-door car, the CitiCar, which was produced from 1974-1977.

Electric vehicles were actually popular around the 1800s up until the 1900s but combustion eventually became the method of choice, forcing the EV to go dormant for a wee century years.

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Sebring-Vanguard's CitiCar, according to the US Department of Energy, sold more than 2,000 units and was the sixth-largest auto manufacturer in the country by 1975.

The model shown here is from 1976. It has been kept in climate-controlled storage and has only been driven for 122 miles. The car is still in great condition, from the paint to the dashboard and it even boasts a sunroof. The only catch is the batteries need replacing and it could use some new brakes.

The CitiCar is not for speed chasers and that much is obvious from the look. It packs less than 5 horsepower and can only run at a max of 35-40 mph, delivering just 40-50 miles per charge. That does seem a bit underwhelming until you consider that it was only meant to go short distances in a given city.

If you want to get your hands on this particular little guy, you could head over to Barn Finds for more information. He's located in Ohio and should be available for $3,950, which also gets you a trailer and the original paperwork.

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