Elio Alternative? Litestar Pulse

The Litestar (later called the Pulse) was built from 1984 to 1990 in Owosso, Michigan by the creatively named Owosso Motor Company.

If you can't stand waiting for your Elio another minute, this might be for you!  After all, this offers a small engine and tandem seating.


Power comes from an 1100 cc Honda Goldwing engine, which should motivate this thing pretty well.  Also, because only three wheels touch the ground at any one time, this is classified as a motorcycle (in most states?).  These seem to have quite an enthusiast following; but a production number under 350 units means you won't see another unless you go out of your way to do so.  We've never followed an auction on one of these before; so we don't know if $11K is "all the money" or if there's room to go.

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Solana Beach, CA, USA
$11,100 with 20 bids, reserve not met and 10.5 hours to go


While the Elio went futuristic/weird with its styling (don't get us wrong - we love it!), this went airplane.


Here's a rear 3/4 - is it aerodynamic?


Profile looks somewhere between Cessna and Lear Jet, with the nose cone clearly leaning toward jet.


This might be hard to see if your rear view mirror!


Rear is oddly squared off, but that allows for a tail lamp and license plate.


This theoretically seats two in tandem; but we're not sure how much rear leg room is available.


The cockpit is an arguably sporty affair, perhaps due to its utilitarian nature.  We assume that's a motorcycle shifter on the floor.

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On Jul-25-16 at 16:50:54 PDT, seller added the following information:
Thanks for all the interest. I have received a bunch of information from people on the car.  Most of it helpful and friendly.  Some of it from idiots that evidently are out to prove to the world that they are experts on weird stuff. This was a production vehicle from 1984 to 1990. 360 were built during this time. If you Google Litestar Pulse you will find a ton of information on these. The most authoritative site is autocycles DOT org  There you will find serial number info, dates produced, engine variations, numbers remaining in the registration base, etc. Thanks!

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