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Know Ye Fear: Lucas Once Tried to Build an Entire Car

Posted February 13, 2019 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Apologies for leading with a cheap-shot Lucas joke, but you knew they were coming. After all, if a lighting and electrics automotive supplier best known by the totally unofficial slogan “Prince of Darkness” were to apply its technology to a malaise-era electric vehicle, wouldn’t that be the first thing on your mind too?

While plenty of other automotive parts suppliers over the years either made or attempted to make the transition from supplier to full-fledged carmaker (see, for instance, Dodge), the British automotive electrics giant Lucas Industries for the most part stayed in its lane, expanding only to other automotive and aerospace components.

The 1973 oil embargo inspired this wild electric concept.

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02/13/2019 12:58 PM

Was it still a "positive ground" system (wink,wink)?

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02/14/2019 12:51 AM

This is one of my favorite Top Gear shows. They made an electric car called Geoff! Funny stuff! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8zYz4RzZEo

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02/14/2019 11:35 AM

A fellow told me yesterday that the sun never sets on the British Empire, "Because Lucas makes light bulbs."

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03/26/2019 10:08 PM

I was once told (by a older engineer) that Lucas does make good electrical components and connectors, however British Leyland sourced the cheaper Lucas parts instead of the good stuff. Whether this is true or not, I don't know, but it does make sense. Think about stuff may by companies that we're familiar with.

GM made the Chevy Vega, but they also make the 2500 Silverado HD Diesel.

Coca Cola made new COKE, but they also make Classic Coke

Sears sells everything but Craftsman tools and they also sell Craftsman tools.

You get it. Nearly every company has a bad product and a good one.

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