17. The Elcar
A lot of progress was being made in the electric car realm during the 70s. As technology was advancing further than ever and gasoline prices were rising, the need for an electric car grew. Unfortunately, domestic automakers were not fully on board with the concept of an electric vehicle. The 1975 Elcar is another odd-shaped little vehicle that managed to provide decent city driving. Sounding like a lawnmower, the Elcar was a two-seat vehicle that looked more like a tiny Mitsubishi Van than anything.
What made the Elcar cool was that it had a 55-mile range, which was more than sufficient for most of the urban customers who wanted one. In terms of size, the Elcar was a bit too small to be taken on the freeway, which alienated a good portion of the market for one of these vehicles. The overall design of the vehicle was modern enough for most drivers to live with, but sadly, the Elcar didn’t live on for too long. You can still find Elcars on the used car market from time to time, and these are sure to be going up in value soon.