Buying a Litestar or a Pulse is just like anything else. The seller wants as much as he can get and the buyer wants the Best Deal possible. Remember.... there were only about 350 vehicles built.
There does not seem to be too much difference in appearance between the various years of production (1982 to 1990). All seem to have similar frames and body panels, HOWEVER the body panels are not really interchangable, due to the fact that each was hand built. Different engine powerplants and options were also available.
Finding replacement body parts will be a problem....these you will have to make or repair yourself....no replacement parts are available. If you find a spare vehicle, you could rob parts off of it.
Mechanical parts are available here.
The canopy and windshield are being reproduced.
You can find helpful hints on maintenance on the "FAQ Page".
You should always personally inspect any vehicle before you buy it. Carefully examine the following:
******Engine and wiring
******Fiberglass for cracks
******Glass Windshields are NOT being reproduced. They can be replaced with plastic ones as well as the canopy.
******Inspect all frame weld joints for stress cracks.
******Inspect main center support tube for rust by removing carpet.
******Inspect outrigger attach points for rust.
Pulse #57 sold in May of 2001 for
about $4,500. In need of restoration.
Two Pulse vehicles sold in the fall of 2001 for between $4,000 to $5,000. Both needed repair.
An early Scranton Iowa Litestar sold on ebay for $7,600 in 2003.
A junker on ebay received no bids in Sept. of 2003.
A fully restored late model Pulse sold for $12,000 in 2003.
Pulse #25 in good condition sold on Ebay for $8,700.00 in April of 2004.
Pulse #233 in good condition sold on Ebay for $9,450.00 in May of 2004.
Pulse #314 in good condition sold on Ebay for $10,000.00 in Oct. of 2004.
Pulse #24? in fair condition sold on Ebay for $3,450.00 in Oct. of 2004.
Pulse #120 in good condition sold on ebay for $12,500.00 in March of 2005.
Pulse #259 in good condition sold on ebay for $14,000.00 in June of 2005.
Owosso Litestar #4 in fair condition sold for $7,000.00 in Sept. of 2005
Pulse #211 in good condition sold for $8,800.00 in April of 2006
Pulse #184 in good condition sold for $14,000 in April of 2006
Pulse #106 in fair condition sold for $8,000.00 in May of 2007
Pulse #271 in excellent condition sold for $20,000 in May of 2007
Pulse #150 in good condition sold for $10,000 in Nov. of 2007 (in England)
Pulse #233 in good condition sold for $13,000 in Dec. of 2007
Pulse #31 in restorable condition sold for $4,000 in April of 2008
Pulse #116 in restorable condition sold for $6,500 in June of 2008
Pulse #60 in excellent condition sold for $28,000 in Feb. of 2009
Pulse #287 in good condition sold for $14,500 in March of 2009
Pulse #253 in good condition sold for $22,550 at an Auburn, IN auction in May of 2011.
Pulse #165 in good condition sold on ebay for $17,500 and two weeks later sold on ebay for about $22,900 in August of 2011.
Pulse #220 in excellent restored condition had a high bid of $32,000 on ebay, but did not meet reserve in Oct. of 2011.
"Good Condition Vehicle".... can range from $9,000 to $30,000.....asking price.
It seems that most vehicles have SOLD in the $6,000 to $20,000 price range.
I hope this will give you an idea on pricing. If you know of any "selling prices" in the last two years, please forward that info and I will post to this page.
Insuring this vehicle seems to be no different than motorcycle policies.
What to Know Before You Buy a Pulse
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