The 2016 auto show season is coming to a close. If you were fortunate enough to attend one of these events in cities around the U.S., you likely saw some of the latest concept cars.
Though you won’t see Hammacher Schlemmer exhibiting at the auto show, we do offer some pretty fantastic vehicles ourselves. In our line-up is the Authentic Morgan Three-Wheeler, manufactured by Morgan Motor Company in England, birthplace of the 1909 original. This vehicle seats driver and passenger within an aerodynamic aluminum “bullet” hull and a padded leather aircraft-style cockpit. The Morgan is powered by a 2.0 liter, 80-hp S&S V-twin engine that does 0-60 in 4.5 seconds, to a top speed of 115 mph. Should you be feeling a little “middle-aged crazy,” this makes for the ideal unique gift to yourself.
Interested in all-electric transportation? This highway-legal, three-wheeled, single passenger vehicle combines the functionality of an electric car with the maneuverability and scale of a motorcycle. With a range of 30 miles per charge, it operates with zero emissions and uses less than half the energy of today’s most efficient hybrids. The vehicle is powered by a 156-volt DC electric motor that generates 33 horsepower, with a top speed of 70 mph. The lightweight chassis is constructed of a three-layered, advanced fiberglass/rigid foam composite shell augmented by steel supports for a strong frame.
Here’s the ultimate unique gift for a comic book aficionado. This is the officially licensed, roadworthy replica of the Batmobile. Built on a custom Lincoln chassis, the crime-fighting cruiser comes standard with a 430-horsepower, 383 Blueprint Crate engine and a Monster TH350 automatic transmission. The vehicle’s cockpit honors the gadgetry of the TV series with a blinking Batphone, switch-operated electric actuators that open the hood and trunk, and a rotating red beacon. A rear-facing propane tank creates the same afterburner effect as the original. The vehicle’s exterior bears the hallmarks of its namesake, from bubble-canopy windshields to chrome “rocket” tubes behind the rear windshield.
According to the National Automotive Dealers Association, 2015 was a record year for light vehicle sales. While your hometown dealer looks to move volume, Hammacher Schlemmer, as always, prides itself on an offering that is unique and simply unexpected.