Turning Classics into Hybrids

By Deane Barker on November 20, 2007

Gas guzzlers get new lives — as tire-smoking hybrids: Neil Young turned his 1959 Lincoln into a bio-diesel hybrid.

The Lincoln’s new electric engine will power the car and when it begins to lose juice, Young will simply flip a switch and the car will run on biodiesel fuel until the electric motor is recharged. “A 19-foot-long car, the longest car ever made at its time. Two and half tons, the heaviest car at its time,” Young said, “And it can get 100 miles to the gallon, not 10 miles to the gallon.”

Young renamed his car Linc-Volt, and is making a movie about the transformation, which he hopes to release next year.

It apparently costs about $40K to do this, so it’s not for everyone. Here’s the Web site of H-Line Conversions — the company that does them