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110-Year-Old Electric Car Sells for $95,000

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Teslas might be ‘practical’ and ‘fast’ and other useful things, but they’re also a little nouveau riche. If you want real electric-car class, you’ve got to hark back to 1905, and this very expensive vintage golf cart.

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The 1905 Woods Electric Queen Victoria Brougham — described by Bonhams as still functional and recently driven — was one of the early electric car pioneers. Equipped with an open-air cab and a curb weight of 2,600 pounds, it was the height of style for anyone with $3,000, or $80,000 in today’s money.

The car, which was just sold by Bonhams for $95,000, is the only surviving model. It was last sold in 2010 for $77,000, so if you’re looking for a stylish investment you can also drive, it’s a pretty safe bet.

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[Bonhams via Gizmag]

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Fun fact: electric cars date back to the 1880s. Around the turn of the 20th century they were far more popular than gasoline-powered cars. Because of their relative ease of use, electrics became known as “women’s cars”; some men who drove them had fake radiators and starter cranks installed to make them look more manly.

Below, a female motorist charges her Detroit Electric c. 1905. Compare to a modern woman charging her Tesla in 2014; everything old is new again.