White Wedge: 1980 Comuta-Car EV

A car with a 40-mile range would be useful for a lot of people, although the size of this 1980 Comuta-Car may give most of them a fright. Sharing the road with texting and otherwise-inattentive gigantic-SUV-driving people is enough to scare anyone, let alone someone driving an 8-foot-long wedge-shaped car. This white wedge can be found here on eBay in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, and the current bid price is a buck-and-a-quarter. As in, $1.25. That’s still more than most Barn Finds readers would pay for one but let’s check it out anyway.

The wedge shape just makes a CitiCar or Comuta-Car easier for a lumbering SUV driver to plow up and over it. That doesn’t happen as often as people think, but it’s something to think about. Most of us drive our classic vehicles on public roads and it’s always scary, or it is for me. I drive 40,000 miles a year all over the US every year and it’s getting worse out there on the roads. Almost everyone has a phone in their hands, even truck drivers. I don’t know if there is a cure for it, I don’t see it getting better anytime soon.

But, back to this battery-powered Comuta-Car project. You can see that it’s not exactly in the best condition, unlike some others that we have seen here. It’s hard to argue with a $1.25 price but I wonder what this one will sell for? $2.75? $300? Who knows. The Comuta-Car came after the CitiCar and they had the infamous battery locations in each bumper so the shorter CitiCar was a much “better”, for lack of a better term, design.

The photos are all over the place here and none of them are great, but for just over a buck what do you want, Ansel Adams? The seats look perfect, just a little dirty, and a good cleaning would have gone a long way – as always – in presenting this car in the best possible way to get the most money out of it. They say that it needs batteries as we’ve heard before many times, but they put a battery in and the lights and blinkers work so that’s good news. I’m guessing that this Comuta-Car will move under its own power once eight 6-volt batteries are installed. How much would you pay for a 1980 Comuta-Car?

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Comments

  1. r s

    Eat your heart out, Elon Musk.

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  2. Dan

    Corgi made at least a couple of die-casts that looked similar to this thing. With its diminutive size and miniscule range, it’s pretty much a toy car one can sit in. Not something I’d want at any price.

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  3. Kenneth Carney

    Now here’s something I can afford! Boy, am I charged up about this one!
    I showed this car to Mom and it was just shocking when she said I should
    bid on it. Might drop the hammer if the shipping costs aren’t too high. It would be re-volt-ing if they were. But seriously, with all the improvements made in battery tech today, you wouldn’t go wrong. And with the price for
    this car obscenely low, you could throw a lot of cash at this car and still
    have some to spare. I’m all amped up about that! How about you?

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    • Will Irby

      I’m shocked.

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  4. Evan

    There’s a fellow on YouTube who is re-powering one with a supercharged flat-4 from an early Gold Wing. Look up Matthew Cherrington.

  5. Mike

    Wow, 30 bids to just get to $50 bucks. Seems like nobody wants to actually win this POS door stop.

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    • Bob

      Put a sail on it.

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