March 8th, 2012
07:40 PM ET

Dan Busby on creating an 'Electric Triumph'

CNN's "The Next List" recently took a trip to Syyn Labs in Los Angeles. It's a creative and technological collective that we will feature on our weekly show, which airs on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.  While we were there, we met Dan Busby, a physicist, artist and  tinkerer - who also turned a Triumph Spitfire into an electric car.

We had a quick chat with Busby about his homemade "Electric Triumph." You can see a video of him showing it off above. Below is an edited transcript of our conversation. And don't forget to check Syyn Labs out on CNN this Sunday.

CNN: Where did you find the car?

Busby: I bought the car off of Craigslist for $500. The Triumph Spitfire was a very popular car in its heyday. They sold hundreds of thousands of them from 1962 to 1980. My Spitfire is an early model, which has more chrome and is called a "round-tail" by the aficionados. You don't see many of the cars on the road today because of their relatively finicky components. They are usually somebody's 2nd car, so when they break down they get stuffed inside of a garage, only to resurface decades later at a bargain price.

CNN: How long did it take to complete the project? FULL POST

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