A Southern California company, Taylor-Dunn Manufacturing Company, have been making light-duty, short range electric vehicles since 1950s – way before electric vehicle became the buzzwords.

1960 Taylor-Dunn Trident Runabout Electric Cart

The example you see here is a 1960 Taylor-Dunn Trident Runabout, which I believe is a R model three-wheel neighborhood cart, complete with headlights, taillights and turn signals, and tiller steering.

The 1960 Taylor-Dunn Trident Runabout is, technically, the piece of EV history. Manufactured between 1959 and 1963, it was intended for zipping around the neighborhood for grocery runs and stuff.

1960 Taylor-Dunn Trident Runabout Electric Cart

According to Microcar Museum, under its fiberglass body is a NEMA electric DC motor that offers a very modest one horsepower. The electric motor is paired to a gearbox with 3 forward gears plus 3 reverse gears (yes, really!) which affords it a top speed of 16 miles an hour (26 km/h).

However, the details and specifications of this particular 1960 Taylor-Dunn Trident Runabout are not revealed yet. It is not clear if this is a restomod or if it is an untouched classic.

1960 Taylor-Dunn Trident Runabout Electric Cart

But if anyone’s interested in getting one, it will be going on the block, offered without reserve, at a sale organized by RM Sotheby’s, happening from June 23 to 30, 2021 at Prudenville, Michigan. RM Sotheby’s expect this little guy to fetch between US$15,000 and US$20,000.

1960 Taylor-Dunn Trident Runabout Electric Cart

Images: RM Sotheby’s.

via designboom.

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