Wednesday, February 16

1966 Sunbeam Sport







Who killed the electric car?  A member of the Rootes automotive group and sister car of the Hillman Imp. This Sport is now powered by the imagination.

In-ko-pah, CA
Hillman Imp Wiki
Photo: Gardner Murray



27 comments:

  1. How long ago was it taken? Any idea if it's still sitting there?

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  2. It's probably still there. Taken about 3 years ago at Desert View Tower off Interstate 8.

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  3. Thanks, I'll get down there to look at some point. :-)

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  4. This was converted in about 1984. Not sure what's in the engine compartment now. It had a 6 hp forklift motor, which provided speed up to 50 mph on a flat surface. The batteries were EV-1000 providing 2000 amp short circuit potential and about 1000 amps for an hour. It had regenerative braking and a resistive relay speed control. The Primary system was 48V, the secondary was 12V and had both chargers up front. There is a secondary dash panel below the original containing electric specific gauges. Under the dash is an enclosed primary circuit knife switch for rated at 750 amps continuous duty.It was used as a test bed for a solid state controller with the intent of acquiring DOE funds at the time.It's a bit sad to see it in such a state of disrepair.

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    1. Hi,
      I now own this car and would love to know if you have any more information on it's history or could put me in touch with previous owners or the people that converted it. It's currently sitting in a workshop in London, fully stripped down and a good way into restoration.
      Many thanks,
      Graham.

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    2. I tried to post a contact email, but it never got posted. I'll try again. 052115 at marslink.net.

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    3. OK, thanks. I'll send you a message. :-)

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  5. Could the previous poster please get in touch? Would love to get more details to share with the Hillman Imp Club.

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  6. Add @yahoo dot com for direct email address.

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  7. daysineuropa - are you referring to the Hillman Imp Club in the UK? Because if you are, I now own this car (the first and third messages above were mine, from when I was living in Vegas, just as a tourist) and it's now back in the UK. I worked on it this afternoon, in fact. :-)

    Seems weird to think that from that initial "Any idea if it's still sitting there?" on January 19th, I now have it sitting in my workshop in London.

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    1. Is it now under restoration and good care?
      I used to have a blue 1966 Imp when I lived in UK many years ago. In fact we had a red one as well!
      Brings back find memories!
      Thanks,
      Simon

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