Hooniverse Weekend Edition – A Vintage Low-Speed Electric Vehicle

So you live in a village that promotes the use of a low-speed electric vehicle like Catalina Island, and you don’t want one of those dorky looking customized Golf Carts many of the residents use. You want something that makes you look menacing, like a rebel without a cause (well, as much as possible with what is essentially a golf cart). Presenting this 1963 Kelsen, finished in matte black. It looks menacing…. well, maybe not.

According to the eBay listing:

1963 Kelsen Sports Rider. This model goes approximately 25-27 miles per hour. It is street legal on roads to 35mph. Currently has the rat rod look/ Death mobile from the old Animal House movie. Be environmentally friendly and cool at the same time. This is a 36 volt system with six six volt batteries. Comes with charger which is not pictured.

Current bid is $306.00, with an unmet reserve. So how much is a 1963 vintage golf cart is worth? It is probably worth a whole lot less now with that rattle-can paint job, but what do you think? See the eBay listing here.

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  1. tonyola Avatar

    Oooh, tiller steering. Just like my old Radio Flyer. Probably just as squirrelly too. There are good reasons why steering wheels became universal early in the auto game.

  2. mdharrell Avatar

    It's being offered as a Kelsen (I can't quite make out the tag in the middle of the dash), but most of the body looks like a B&Z Electra King instead. The companies shared quite a few components, so perhaps it's just an unusual Kelsen. The differences are discussed here:
    Either way, I think I'd rather have the Autoette I spotted last year in Grass Valley, OR:
    <img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2474/4464789017_dc69b0e908.jpg&quot; width="300">
    <img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4067/4464788675_f3952567df.jpg&quot; width="350">
    <img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4071/4464788827_f00b8699e2.jpg&quot; width="350">

    1. longrooffan Avatar

      md…I thought of you immediately upon spotting this. Figures you would know about it FTW!

  3. nofrillls Avatar

    Ooooh, I love me a car that looks like it was cut from a single roll of sheet metal with tin snips!

  4. longrooffan Avatar

    I like mine with a longroof though. Anybody know what this is? I spotted it at the Sarasota Auto Museum a couple years ago.
    <img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aCqGz0z1y2M/TewVTqrykeI/AAAAAAAAPZg/z8JPUHnfLXM/s1600/2+034.jpg&quot; width = 600 end>

    1. longrooffan Avatar

      *poof x 3*

  5. P161911 Avatar

    Looks like the perfect scary clown car.

  6. LTDScott Avatar

    Unrelated: I saw two VW Vanagon Synchro DOKAs and at least three original Minis the last time I visited Catalina.

  7. OA5599 Avatar

    Needs more wings.
    <img src="http://i.ebayimg.com/00/$(KGrHqJ,!jYE3MEwI+yDBN5pn(MhV!~~_3.JPG">

  8. Joe Btfsplk Avatar
    Joe Btfsplk

    Needs "patina"………

  9. dukeisduke Avatar

    The thing got up to $504, but didn't sell (didn't meet the reserve).

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