1974 Zagato Zele

1000

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1974
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Chassis number 
    Z100045
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Interior colour 
    Grey
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    4
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Yellow
  • Gearbox 
    Automatic
  • Drivetrain 
    4wd
  • Fuel type 
    Other

Description

The Zagato Zele 1000, 1500, 2000 (sold in the United States as the Elcar) was an electric microcar with a fiberglass body manufactured by the Italian design company Zagato. Produced 1974–1976, the Zele was an unusual departure from Zagato's famous designs, which had long been known for their beauty and performance. The Zele, however, was high, square cornered and had a low top speed. They were produced in 7 colors (Orange-red, Brown, Dark blue, Pastel blue, White, Green and metal flake Blue) and the chassis and suspension were derived from the Fiat 500 and Fiat 124. The 1000, 1500, and 2000 stands for the wattage of the motors respectively. Approximately 500 were made.
The Zele employed a 4 position speed selector and a 2 position foot pedal providing six forward speeds, two reverse speeds and a range of approximately 50 miles (80 km). The Zele 2000 also featured a boost switch which, once at top speed, weakens the motor's magnetic fields in the field coils to produce less torque but a greater top speed. Its top speed was between 25 and 30 mph.
This particular Zele is the 1000 series and was used by Bristol Motor Company around the factory grounds.