Thursday, November 19, 2015
Is the Mongrel the Craziest Car on eBay?
If you're like me, you like to see cars and trucks that are not your run-of-the mill rides. I love finding the crazy stuff on craigslist, Autotrader, and eBay. In fact, one of the best places I've found the most out-there rides is eBay's "Other Makes" in their Cars & Trucks section. From Bricklins to Zaps, if it doesn't fit into a mainstream category, you'll likely find it for sale here. There's modern, there's vintage, there are race cars and industrial vehicles. Looking for a LADA? Maybe a Moskvitch? Yep, they're both here.
But what took the cake in this category this week is the Mongrel. According to the description, this is a one-of-a-kind "military recon concept car." It's an electric hybrid which uses a 1.9-liter Volkswagen TDI engine as a generator in case the batteries get low. It's four-wheel drive, has four 100 kW permanent-magnet electric motors, and coilover magneto-rheological controlled shocks with programmable controller. Oh and yes, the seller has bullet-proof body panels in case you were wondering. And is it me, or does that cab look like it came off of a 1997–2004 Dodge Dakota?
Apparently the vehicle was built for the Army as a reconnaissance vehicle prototype. The seller says there is over $1.5 million dollars invested into this vehicle, as it was funded by SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grants. The seller also says there will need to be some work done to get it going. The picture show the vehicle's interior is incomplete, for example.
At the time of publication, the Mongrel had a bit of only $427.00 USD, and there's no reserve. For that price, this could make for one hell of a project car. And if you were wondering, the Mongrel is located in Suffolk, Virginia.
Lots more info at the link below.
eBay Auction: 2003 Mongrel