Offered on behalf of The Science Museum,1974 Enfield 700 Electric Car  Chassis no. 023675
Lot 8

Offered on behalf of The Science Museum

1974 Enfield 700 Electric Car
Registration no. KUM 155N Chassis no. 023675
Sold for £ 2,760 (US$ 3,630) inc. premium

Lot Details
Offered on behalf of The Science Museum,1974 Enfield 700 Electric Car  Chassis no. 023675 Offered on behalf of The Science Museum,1974 Enfield 700 Electric Car  Chassis no. 023675 Offered on behalf of The Science Museum,1974 Enfield 700 Electric Car  Chassis no. 023675 Offered on behalf of The Science Museum,1974 Enfield 700 Electric Car  Chassis no. 023675 Offered on behalf of The Science Museum,1974 Enfield 700 Electric Car  Chassis no. 023675 Offered on behalf of The Science Museum,1974 Enfield 700 Electric Car  Chassis no. 023675 Offered on behalf of The Science Museum,1974 Enfield 700 Electric Car  Chassis no. 023675 Offered on behalf of The Science Museum,1974 Enfield 700 Electric Car  Chassis no. 023675 Offered on behalf of The Science Museum,1974 Enfield 700 Electric Car  Chassis no. 023675 Offered on behalf of The Science Museum,1974 Enfield 700 Electric Car  Chassis no. 023675 Offered on behalf of The Science Museum,1974 Enfield 700 Electric Car  Chassis no. 023675
Offered on behalf of The Science Museum
1974 Enfield 700 Electric Car
Registration no. KUM 155N
Chassis no. 023675

Footnotes

  • Manufactured by Enfield Automotive Limited both in Greece and at its Isle of Wight factory, the Enfield was a two-seater city car powered by an 8hp electric motor. The attractively styled aluminium bodywork was mounted on a tubular-steel spaceframe chassis and the little car boasted coil-spring suspension, rack-and-pinion steering, and sliding doors. The Enfield was designed to comply with UK legislation and once had the distinction of being the only known electric car to have passed a standard crash test. Unlike many of its contemporaries, the Enfield has a built-in charger, enabling it to be plugged into a standard 13-amp socket for recharging. Charging time was eight hours, the range up to 40 miles, and the top speed 40mph.

    When production ceased in 1976, 61 out of the 106-or-so Enfields produced were purchased by the Electricity Council, which was evaluating electric car technology. During the succeeding ten-or-so years the cars were further developed, gaining better controllers, chargers, and batteries. After much valuable experience had been gained in their operation, 35 of the Council's remaining 54 cars were auctioned off in 1988.

    The Science Museum's Enfield electric car was built around 1974 and in the early 1980s was loaned to British Leyland by the Electricity Council for evaluation. It arrived as part of the Electricity Council's resources for the museum's Electricity Gallery. Although the car itself was not used in the gallery, it was restored firstly by the late Joel Lorenz, a member of the Museum's Friends, and more recently by the Museum's Technical Services Department.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note this Lot is actually believed to be an '8000' model, and not a 700, as catalogued. Please also note that the car does not come with a V5 document.
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