Aptera Spiritual Ancestors

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  • Aptera Spiritual Ancestors

     Elzo Stubbe updated 6 months, 1 week ago 47 Members · 72 Posts
  • Paul Hackett

    March 7, 2022 at 11:51 am

    Bought a brand new 2000 Honda Insight in 2000; 5 speed. Best car I’ve ever owned and wish they still made it with some very minor updates; blue tooth, keyless entry, back up camera, etc. Had to sell it when wifey and I started kicking out kids. Once drove it from Cincinnati to Cleveland round trip (500 miles) and averaged 75 miles to a gallon. With the federal tax credit I paid somewhere around $15,000.00

  • James Lee

    March 7, 2022 at 11:52 am

    Gull wing doors are awesome. I had a Bradley GT2 on a 69 Vw chassis. It had the gull wing door and was like driving around in a terrarium. You just about baked in the sun all the time

  • Raj Giandeep

    March 7, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    For me

    The 2 Seater Gene

    • 84 Rx-7 (2300 lbs) & 93 Rx-7 (2800 lbs)

    The EV Gene

    • 13 Nissan Leaf (bought in Oct 2020)
  • James Lee

    March 7, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    I’ve had multiple 2 seaters

    Had: Bradley GT2, invader GT, 75 MGB , 79 MGB

    85 Bertone X1/9 , 87 Bertone X1/9, 69 Datsun 1600

    Have: 1952 MG-TD

  • Guy SKEER

    March 11, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    I got a reputation in My Small Neighborhood in Panama City, Florida, as able to fix nearly anything with an engine. in My Last Summer of High School (1968), A Florida Senator (with a Son My Best Friend and Teammate on My Football team) had His Sons Push to My Home, a 1967? Lotus Elan, not running. Said: “if You get it Running, You can use it till we get back from Europe Trip” – I had it running that night, and drove it all Summer. What a Blast that car was! Have never driven anything that handled better. Plus, it was a Crumpet magnet! Everybody wanted a Blast along the Beaches in that Convertible!

    • John Malcom

      March 11, 2022 at 9:09 pm

      I had a 72 Lotus Europa. Same feeling about it, absolutely best handling car ever. Mine was always needing repairs. Hard to find parts and took a long time to get them so spent a lot of time sitting in the garage. At the time was living in southern AL and would drive to Panama City (when it was running) to go to the beach.

      • Ray Holan

        March 15, 2022 at 11:48 am

        I had a ’71 Lotus Elan Plus2 in British Racing Green (is there any other color for a British sports car?).

  • Wayne Forkum

    March 12, 2022 at 9:27 am

    A Datsun 240, 260 or 280 Z

  • Michael Fourman

    March 14, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    We have a Smart EQ forfour while we wait for our Aptera. We chose forfour rather than fortwo so we have capacity for camping kit. Scotland has enough charging infrastructure for us to go almost everywhere with its ~75mile range. The Aptera 400 mile three-wheel drive with off-road option we have on order will be a huge leap forward.

  • Byron Dieckman

    March 16, 2022 at 11:28 am

    I’ve had many , many cars, of which the Pontiac Fiero was one, and presently own a 2022 Hyundai Ioniq hybrid.

    I’m surprised you didn’t list the Crosley as a spiritual ancestor. At about 1500 pounds it was designed for simplicity and efficiency, of a sort, for the day and age.

  • John Trotter

    March 18, 2022 at 8:56 am

    My first car was a 1952 MG TD. The cover of the owner’s manual had the car’s theme: “Safety Fast” (“Fast” was relative for that little four-cylinder engine)

  • Tom Shafer

    March 19, 2022 at 4:44 am

    In the 80s, we owned a Honda CRX Si. It was two-seat, lightweight, and with the 1.5L PGM-FI engine, a blast to drive. I consider my pre-ordered Aptera its spiritual successor. Looking forward to it!

  • Danny Mattijetz

    March 20, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    I am the original owner of a 2011 Nissan Leaf. It is on its second set of batteries though and that set is getting a little weak, so I hope it will squeak by until Aptera delivery time. I loved the car but hated the range limitation especially with weak batteries. 40 miles is pretty much my top range now. It’s interesting that I used to try to get my wife to drive it, but she still preferred her ICE car. Now that gas is so expensive, she is voluntarily using it first.

  • Leonard Diasio

    March 28, 2022 at 11:03 am

    I have owned a 1969 Lotus Elan. I dearly loved this car. Wish I still had it.

    And a 2011 Nissan Leaf. The range was barely adequate, but it got me hooked on EVs.

  • James Pike

    March 28, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    Electric Vehicles:

    1981 HMV Freeway, 2012 Nissan Leaf, 2013 Tesla MS, 2017 Chevy Volt

    Two Seat Sports cars:

    1966 Fiat 850 Spyder, 1979 Fiat X1/9, !990 Miata

    3 Wheel Vehicles:

    1957 Messerschmitt KR200, 1959 Heinkel Kabine, 1980 HMV Freeway, 1981 electric HMV Freeway (see above)

    Still have the Heinkel, the 1980 Freeway (I.C.E), the Tesla and the Volt. The Aptera will replace the Volt.

  • David Clark

    April 12, 2022 at 2:11 pm

    I think You forgot one:

    The 3 wheeled Campagna T-rex.

    Two seater & Tadpole design (2 wheels up front, one in the back) like the aptera.This one was mine. Had it for 4 years. No problems with potholes or traction or visibility. The only 2 problems:

    1. No doors so my left arm would get wet in a rain storm haha

    2. it was so unique looking that it created its own traffic jams on the highway. Anyone in an Aptera is going to have this problem.

    • Leonard Diasio

      April 12, 2022 at 6:05 pm

      David, you are exactly correct. I drove a Lotus Elan for a few years in the ’80s. EVERYWHERE I went people wanted to know what it was and who made it. The routine was fun for a while. It was a good primer for driving an Aptera

      The world outside our front door is not prepared for the coming of the Aptera. My neighbors have no earthly idea what is going to meet them in traffic in a few years. I can see it now.

  • Matthew Goike

    May 16, 2022 at 5:23 pm

    New reservation holder here, but I’ve been interested in efficient, practical vehicles for decades. Thank goodness Aptera is checking more of my boxes than any other single vehicle ever has.

    I’ve owned these distant cousins:

    2000-2004 VW Golf TDI (drag coefficient 0.31) ran on biofuel as much as practical (had 2, loved these cars when not giving me problems)

    2012 Prius V (0.29) Nice long flat load floor in back, made a great efficient camper with the back seats removed and a simple platform. Driver’s space slightly too small for me at 5’10”, same with my GF’s 2021 RAV4 Hybrid.

    2016 Volt (0.28) Great practical, efficient, and fun enough to drive car, kudos to GM for actually producing it even if they never realized its potential. My extended family has 4 of these, and 2 Teslas. Mine will be sold just before delivery of the Aptera.

    Always wanted something more fun to drive on twisty mountain roads, like a Miata. I’m ready for the Aptera, please bring it!

  • Dennis Swaney

    May 16, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    I have the 1990 Mazda Miata I bought in July 1989. And we owned a 2004 Toyota Prius from 21 August 2004 to 13 May 2022. I still have my 2005 VW Jetta Wagon TDI I bought in 2011. Probably the closest of all other previous cars I’ve owned would be the 1973 Ford (German) Capri 2600 V6.

  • Benjamin Dreidel

    May 17, 2022 at 2:00 am

    I’m still driving my 2008 Prius with 190k miles while I patiently wait for my Aptera.

  • Stefan Obel

    May 17, 2022 at 5:24 am

    My “German Gene” urges me to add another car to your “Aerodynamics Gene” LOL

    The third generation Audi 100 was launched in September 1982. It had an aerodynamic look achieving a drag coefficient of 0.30 for its smoothest base model resulting in better fuel economy. That 0.30 was revolutionary at the time (40 years ago).

  • Clint Nichols Nichols

    May 18, 2022 at 6:31 am

    I’ve owned about 28 Fiero’s. (Seriously). Most were ones that I picked up and parted out. About 5 were daily drivers over the years. I still own an 85 SE with a Ferrari 308B body kit and an 87GT with a 95-Camaro engine in it.

  • Jim Schenkel

    May 18, 2022 at 11:26 am

    <div>Here’s a Soviet precursor, the 1950 GAZ M-20 Pobeda.

    Aptera’s Australopithecus.


  • Curtis Cibinel

    July 21, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    Here is an interesting one. “The Reactor” is a hand built piece of awesome history from the 60s by Gene Winfield (no not Roddenberry). Another awesome trek connection for great 3 wheelers.

  • Gary McLaughlin

    July 22, 2022 at 4:57 am

    I purchased a Honda Insight in 2001 and 380,000 km and 21 Canadian East Coast Winters later it is still my daily driver with little in the way of maintenance. Despite being kept outside until a couple of years ago, it still looks great. I installed a new battery pack in 2020 and expect/hope that the car will still be going strong when I bring the Aptera home!

  • James G

    July 22, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    @ Ray Holan, If I may add..there’s a few more, under the Three Wheel Gene family tree branch (besides the Polaris Slingshot & Morgan 3 Wheeler):

    1) Campagna T REX

    2) Volkswagen GX3

    3) Marotti

    4) Elio P5*

    5) Peugeot Egochine

    6) MEV Trike

    7) XR3

    8) Higgins-Aube Energya


    *Among the 8 listed, the Elio P5 looks like the 2nd cousin of the Aptera. 😂

  • David Marlow

    July 23, 2022 at 12:01 am

    Certainly the cars mentioned here deserve mention.

    However, I believe you forgot the most important category, revolutionary, relatively low cost and easy to repair. This would include the Model T and VW Beatle, both of witch set production records. As Aptera has plans to keep this in production for 40 years, it too could set a production record (after that something more like the Jetsons car may be available)..

  • Elzo Stubbe

    July 24, 2022 at 9:51 am

    none of the above… In 2008 I owned a Go-one 2, But it was just a bicycle going 28 miles/hour solely by peddling.

    nowadays a Stromer ST3 pinion for work….Nothing but peddling for me……

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