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Crosley-Powered! 1974 Elcar Zagato

We have seen several of these unusual little battery-powered vehicles over the last few years including one that was powered by a Suzuki GSX-R600 gas motorcycle engine. This 1974 Elcar Zagato is another one that doesn’t have its original EV guts, it’s powered by a Crosley engine! It can be found here on eBay in Amsterdam, New York and the bids are over $1,200 with no reserve.

This is one tiny car. They’re only 7-feet in length and they look shorter than that. One of the flaws with the Elcar Zagato, or Zagato Zele, depending on which country you’re in, is that the hinges typically wear out and/or break. That’s the case with the passenger side hinges, unfortunately.

Someone has a good sense of humor. As always, I would want one in bone-stock original-spec condition rather than a modified one, but to each his/her own. Unfortunately, there are no photos of what is said to be a Crosley drivetrain. The seller says that it runs great but it needs a new electric water pump. Also, it needs a new clutch cable and battery.

There’s really no other place for the engine than in the front, you can see how close the seats are to the rear of this car. There’s no word on what Crosley engine it is, the famous/infamous CoBra (Copper-Brazed) or the later CIBA (Cast Iron Block Assembly) engine, both were 44 cubic-inches and 26.5 hp. The seller does say that this car runs great but the choke doesn’t work so you have to pump the gas, and also there’s no title. But, all in all, any thoughts on this Crosley-powered Elcar Zagato? I never thought I’d say that.


  1. Will Fox

    It comes with 2 handles because it doubles as your coffin in case of an accident. Kind of like Smart Cars.

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  2. LARRY

    If you get rear ended by a smart car..you’re done game over

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  3. Richard Gugenberger

    This vehicle if you want to call it that is within 7 miles from me , it sets along side the road , there is or was a 4k price on it , its as weird as it looks makes a smart for two look like a limo . I don’t think it can or should be driven on the road as the owner states . Its different that’s for sure .

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  4. Marko

    If this thing has 26 hp, it probably needs wheelie bars. Pretty high center of gravity, and very short wheelbase.

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  5. JerryDeeWrench

    Would be great with a 48 in mower deck under it.

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  6. Jerry Brentnell

    yank that dinky engine out of it and stuff a done up harley V twin in it and look out momma

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  7. Jay

    I wonder if its got a rollover valve?

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  8. João Antonio Pinto de Carvalho

    comprimento 84 in (2.133,6 mm)
    Largura 53 in (1.346,2 mm)
    Altura 63,5 pol. (1.612,9 mm)

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  9. Barry Traylor

    This looks like something to put on your key chain.

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  10. JMB#7

    Stretch the wheelbase, and slam it. What a great rat-rod this would make.

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