EV Sebring/Sterling Conversion

At the other end of the electric kit car spectrum from the previous one posted is Jonathan Trotter’s 1973 Sebring (Sterling). It’s built on a 1971 IRS Beetle pan (four wheel disc brakes, new rotors, calipers, hoses, cables ball joints, and bearings, and all chrome steering linkage, as well as new shocks, new rims and tires). The car looks good with new paint, new interior, a new wiper motor, arm, and blade, new weather strips, and new gauges.

The electric system is 144 volts, with a D&D motor, a Curtis controller, a Zivan charger, and Optima deep cell batteries. It will do 75 mph and has a range of thirty to a hundred miles depending on driving habits. Jonathan built the car in October 2007 and it has a new VIN and registration as an electric vehicle in Missouri. He’s asking $24,000 so he can move on to other projects, and says he’s invested much more than that. Write him at jonathantrotter@hotmail.com if you’re interested.

5 Responses

  1. keith says:

    I was thinking about converting my Sterling. Do you have any construction diagrams (Like the battery holder) etc… Do you have any good advice? Thank You

  2. Beautiful car and I have one myself in my garage.
    I was also thinking that when I do my restoration
    I would love to convert mine to electric as well. Would you be so kind as to email some info on where to purchace the parts that I need to complete the task? Also could you tell me the specs of your car, like how far it will run on a single charge and how fast it runs? Thank you so much.

  3. keith says:

    This guy sells an “ebook” that contains 12 pages (front/back)of information on the conversion but wont give you any specs, diagrams or additional information on the project. Dont waste your money. There are better pictures on “Price of his Toys” and free information on line. There also some great books out there. We should all make an electric nove/Sterling/Cimbria registry.

  4. steve says:

    Any engine combination is powerful. I have a 1600cc Bremen Sebring. However,with 2018 technology, the electric conversion is an awesome choice. Less rear weight and plenty of places for battery placement.

    • Donnie says:

      There is no new Sebring being built with tube chassis. At least not that I have ever seen. Are you thinking the Sterling with the tube chassis?

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