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Electric Find: 1959 Taylor-Dunn Trident

1959 Taylor Dunn Trident Side

We’ve seen a current trend in the collector car market that has kind of surprises us, the rise of micro cars. Micro cars use to only been seen in museum collections, but popularity for these little classics has been growing rapidly and they can now be found in private collections and garages all over. This rare 1959 Taylor-Dunn Trident electric micro car, located in San Diego, is up for auction on eBay with a current bid of $1,775 and a BIN of $7,000.

1959 Taylor Dunn Trident Front And Rear

The Taylor-Dunn company began manufacturing small electric vehicles in the late ’40s that were built to be used around the farm. By the late ’50s the company had found considerable success with these small transport vehicles, so the company decided to enter the car business. The Trident was the product of that decision, but only a few thousand were ever built.

1959 Taylor Dunn Trident Interior

Tridents are rarely seen outside of Museums, especially ones in good condition. This car isn’t perfect, but it’s solid and shouldn’t require much to get it looking like new. The original 24 volt electric motor is still in the car, but it needs at least a new chain. The seller says the motor turns, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the motor is fried. Many of these cars had their 24 volt systems swapped for more reliable and affordable 36 volt systems.

1959 Taylor Dunn Trident Logo

We think this little Trident would make a fun and easy project, but the seller might be asking a bit much for this car. Hopefully their reserve is set much lower than their BIN price. We would like to take this out for a cruze around our local Country Club; we guarantee it would receive some interesting looks.


  1. His Royal Flatulence

    In the late 1960’s my grandmother moved into a large retirement community in Claremont, CA. Electric runabouts like this were quite popular there, and the old folks used them not only within the community but around town. She didn’t have one but many of her friends did, and one of them let me pilot us around a parking lot in hers; that was a highlight of my ten-year-old life at that time! They made perfect sense for that environment. This example looks to be in better shape than most survivors.

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  2. Ricardo Salgado

    I recently acquired one in pieces, probably not the best example of a survivor but I couldn’t pass it up, since I can hardly find one for sale.

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  3. Josh jackson

    I have a 59 Taylor I need to sell. Good shape drivable

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  4. Brian Michener

    Taylor dunn Trident for sale asking $2500 obo

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    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      Please send in more photos and info Brian. Perhaps we can feature it here on the site for you.

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