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    Posted 11 years ago

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    made in long beach California suppose in 1960. they call it the shooper because it was used to go around town to do your shopping with out having to use a car. it is all electric with the same parts used when it was made. i got the car in 1991 and last dove it in jan 2005. it may not be from the 60's, but if you know something about it be nice to here from you.

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    1. justin-sanford justin-sanford, 11 years ago
      imagine it running on lithium batteries ,that is one awsome bit of kit!
    2. PostRetro PostRetro, 11 years ago
      Looks to be fiberglass? Kin to a golf cart, it reminds me of the the old bumper cars that have been restored and made into wheeled vehicles. Cool!
    3. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 11 years ago
      Very cool, I live in a small town, a mile from work. Iwould use that everyday.
    4. mcheconi mcheconi, 9 years ago
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    5. mcheconi mcheconi, 9 years ago
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      The Electric Shopper Model FG-75

      The Electric Car Company of California, Inc. opened at 495 Alamitos Street in Long Beach, California in 1951. The company was started by several individuals who had gained experience working for other electric shopping car manufactures. Elmer Woodring took the role of Treasurer of the new business while Harry R. Casteel served as Vice President and L. Fred Wasson as President. Elmer Woodring and Harry R. Casteel had both worked as salesmen for Autoette Sales & Service Co. during the late 40s.

      Clearly, the new firm set out to copy the Autoette line eventually producing a line of “pleasure cars,” industrial cars, and the Electric Golfer.The pleasure cars were marketed under the name Electric Shopper denoting their convenience and intended use. The line also included light trucks flatbed carriers and even an eight passenger personnel carrier for use at country clubs, factories, airports, resorts, amusement parks and more.

      In 1960 the company, under the leadership of their new President, Byron T. Cline, unveiled their newest model, the FG-75, designed to compete with the recently unveiled Taylor-Dunn Trident, a fiberglass, late 1950's styled shopping car. The “New” Electric Shopper was described by the maker as “A dramatic departure from the Electric Car design as you have known it.” The new look offered “a low, sweeping silhouette of the distinctive new big cars. Silent while in motion, yet strong in construction, the same Electric Shopper dependability you have enjoyed for more than 25 years.” The claim of 25 years being a bit of an exaggeration, the company never let the facts ruin a good sales pitch.

      The Model FG-75 Electric Shopper weighed in at a hefty 700 lbs., and was driven with a 1.5 HP, 24 Volt DC Series Wound Electric Motor. Speed as advertised was 18 mph with a range of 30 to 35 miles on a single charge. Popular options included foot controls in lieu of the standard hand controls, a removable fiberglass top, windshield, and side curtains for inclement weather.

      Alas the “New” Electric Shopper would be short lived when in late 1962 Byron Cline decided to sell to former employees Elmer Woodring and Wilfred Billard who were consolidating several businesses under the Electric Car Sales & Service name thus ending the run of the Electric Shopper.
    6. SEAN68 SEAN68, 9 years ago
    7. antiquerose antiquerose, 9 years ago
      Awwwwwwwwwww.....Sweet. Thanks for posting it!! Never saw one before!!

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