5 classic cars that should come back... electrified.

Would it be a sin or would it be heaven?

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Seeing as the Jaguar E-type is getting a new lease of life, with an electric motor and refit, is it time for others to follow suit? You can either go buy a whole new electric 'Concept Zero' Jag or take your old one in for the transplant. Sounds grand, but what does this mean for the future of classics?

Will this be a standard practice if Jaguar can make it work? It's possible as home-transplanted cars are already happening, as projects in garages by one-man bands. So it got me thinking... What classic cars should be electrified? Even more than that, What cars should they bring back from the dead?

Sounds a bit Frankenstein's monster... Well, it is October after all...

Le chic voiture de ville... The 2CV.

Credit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citroën_2CV#/media/File:Citroen_2CV_1X7A7979.jpg

Credit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citroën_2CV#/media/File:Citroen_2CV_1X7A7979.jpg

Erm, yea. I know the 2CV is laughable to the point people may just click away now, but hear me out! It was truly the car of the people, being used from going to the shop to carrying livestock to market. Many different body styles of the 2CV have come and gone, but it is the simplicity of the 2CV that has made it great. Sure, it didn't go faster than a snail on fire and only had a maximum of 30bhp - but that wasn't the point of it.

The point was to have a way to get from A to B cheaply and then park it somewhere with little to no room, say Paris. Small and nippy around the streets of France, you can't really go wrong with it, so for a modern day world, where space is everything... surely it makes sense. A good electric propulsion system and away you go - cheap, easy to park and now, look very fashionable.

Très sympa... I'll get my beret on.

The cool german sports car... The Porsche 928.

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Credit: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Porsche_928_GT,_Bj._1990_(2017-07-01_Sp_r).JPG

I loved the 928, sure it wasn't the best Porsche made and there is also the 944... but I still want one. Originally designed to be king of the crop and replace the 911, this clearly didn't happen, even though it was a good car - the balance of sports car and luxury saloon designed by the best of German engineering. So why an electric 928?

This slice of the 1970s is a classic, with many people still owning petrol powered ones today, but there are people already changing that. Jeff McCabe of the USA, has plugged a 1984 Porsche 928 up with an electric engine and battery system... and put a rather striking coat of paint on it too... Just make mine electric with a great interior and pop up headlights... you can keep the lightning bolts mate.

Credit: www.evalbum.com/736

Credit: www.evalbum.com/736

For the 80s kid inside us all... KITT the firebird.

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Who wouldn't want KITT! I mean look at him! He might not be the original Pontiac Firebird of Smokey and the Bandit fame, but being the star of Knightrider - it can't all be that bad. The Hoff and his vehicular friend here made wanting a talking car after the age of 12 look normal and awesome. He was so packed with technology that even today we take it for granted, the grandfather of Siri really...

This would be one of the electric cars that would have to be a limited run, sad to say, but if you wanted to replicate KITT with all his instruments and styling, it would cost a lot - I'm not sure if Pontiac would finance something that heavily for too long. Shame...

Out for the Count... The Mercedes-Benz SSK.

Credit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_SSK#/media/File:1930_Mercedes-Benz_SSK_34.jpg

Credit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_SSK#/media/File:1930_Mercedes-Benz_SSK_34.jpg

This was a car that I only learnt about the other week and I'm so glad I did. I love 1920 style roadsters. I love a good Morgan and I really love a good MG T, so this is another one in my old-world books. I want to drive in it wearing sunglasses, my scarf blowing in the wind and leather driving gloves gripping the wheel, whilst next to me is a smartly dressed handsome man, talking to me about cars... Sorry... got a bit carried away there...

The Count Trossi-bodied SSK is the most beautiful and stylish out of all the SSKs. American fashionista Ralph Lauren owns one, which has won countless concours competitions and I see why. The long bonnet with the silver outtakes on the side made me squeak and the sharp, teardrop back end is something out of an art-deco painting. Please, check out this car, read more about it, it's wonderful. Having an electric Neoclassic car would be something else...

The name's Martin... The DB5...

Credit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aston_Martin_DB5#/media/File:Aston_Martin_DB5_(Skyfall).jpg

Credit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aston_Martin_DB5#/media/File:Aston_Martin_DB5_(Skyfall).jpg

How could I not end on the daddy of all classic cars, especially cars that deserve to be brought back. Imagine, you get up in the morning, the sun has just risen over the rolling hills and you want to have a drive,. You open your garage door to see this, the DB5 and guess what, don't feel bad about the environment - it's electric. You may not get the same engine notes from it as it roars around the country roads, but you get the feeling - you're in a DB5! You are James Bond.

This would be the ultimate classic car to have reborn electrically, next to the E-Type Jaguar, both would make a stand for the British car industry. It wouldn't be cheap - it's probably the most expensive on this list, next to the Mercedes-Benz... but it would be worth it. The point of the DB5 is the emotion and feel for the car, rather than its practicality. Even if they made 100 of these electric DB5s, it would still be a rare gem by anyone's standards.

So there you have it...

There's my choices of five classic cars that would be a hit, if revamped and electrical. No road tax has to be something to scream about, we might as well drive something that you have always wanted since you were a kid...

Oh wait... an electric Countach?... No, don't be silly...

What would you like to bring back as a Classic EV?

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Comments (57)

  • I'm sorry but I am against electric classic cars. It's just wrong, it looses caracter and history imo, but I respect your choices.

      2 years ago
  • I think a Delorean is the ideal electifrifiable old car. The original engine was rubbish, so it's not sacrilege to get rid of it, and it was always meant to be futuristic, so electric power would suit it perfectly.

      2 years ago
    • 1.21 Gigawatts!

        2 years ago
    • I'm sure someone in a garage or shed somewhere must have done it, but i would buy one in a heart beat!

        2 years ago
  • Interesting idea... but I don't think so. Electrifying old cars just tends to make people that love the particular car angry. If they want increased interest in electric cars, they need to sell them for less than conventional ones.

      2 years ago
  • I can't agree to doing this, except maybe for KITT. And an electrified SSK might be a bit like Hydra's roadster in the first Captain America.

    Fun article, though.

      2 years ago
  • If you want to electrify something, maybe the original mini? Suddenly a big heap of impulse power in a go-kart, it should be fun!

      2 years ago
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