Nic-L-Silver Token Collection (114817)

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Nic-L-Silver Token Collection  (114817)
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This item SOLD at 2020 Apr 19 @ 19:28UTC-7 : PDT/MST
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Lot of five nic-l-silver pieces, dated 1950-53 and 1964. Five lucky pieces and a pocket screwdriver key chain. George Lippincott was the founder and president of Nic-L-Silver Battery Company, Santa Ana, California, which made a popular line of American car batteries in the 1950s. Inspired by fiberglass-bodied sports cars being developed in Southern California at the time, he considered building his own line of battery powered vehicles. Lippincott hoped eventually to build 10 cars a day, with the market being primarily power companies and postal authorities. In 1958, he brought together a team of engineers and designers--including Indy race car builder Frank Kurtis--to design and engineer the chassis, and experienced California fiberglass sports-car manufacturer Victress to style the body and assemble the car. The prototype two-seat body was made of laminated fiberglass (with a removable hardtop) mounted on a Kurtis-designed box frame using full torsion bar suspension. Behind the seats were 12 4-volt, series wired, Nic-L-Silver lead-acid batteries, each with two cells. The car had two electric motors and a stated range of 100 to 150 miles, depending on how the vehicle was driven. Top speed was given as 50 mph. Price was targeted at just under $2000, and battery replacement cost was estimated at about $300. The car was unveiled at the Pomona Fair in 1959, but only the one prototype was built at Victress before the project was abandoned.

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