Gunners Garage

Electrifying

This restored 1917 Milburn Electric is hard to place a value on, but we hear that one just like it recently sold for $165,000!

This restored 1917 Milburn Electric is hard to place a value on, but we hear that one just like it recently sold for $165,000!

 

Last Friday we had the opportunity to see a 1017 Milburn electric cart up close and personal. It was quite a stately and elegant machine. We didn’t get to see this particular car running, but we have seen other electric cars in action and they really have a unique character. It is fun to watch them cruise along, fairly rapidly, in total silence.

We have a friend named Dave LeFeber who sits on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Automobile Museum in Hartford, Wis. Dave owns an electric car and is pretty much an expert about them. When we asked him how much the car we had seen was worth, he told us that a 1917 Milburn Electric had recently sold in an auction for $165,000!

We’d sure like to pin down where, when and how that happened, because it seems unbelievable. The www.conceptcarz.com website estimates the value of a 1918 Milburn Electric to be $41,800. There is not a big difference between the 1917 and 1918 models, so we’d love to find out why the one car brought four times the going price. It’s an electrifying mystery story to us.

Could it be that someone knows how much he’d save on gas by driving an electric to car shows? Did someone very famous own the car? Did it have gold bullion hidden under the floorboards? Was it a prototype for the Tesler? Whatever the reason is behind the high price, we’d like hearing what’s going on.

 

 

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