First Symposium on Low Pollution Power Systems Development

Going into October 1973, the country's Number One song was "We're An American Band" from Flint, MI's own Grand Funk. In nearby Ann Arbor, some folks were putting their own uniquely American spin on the alt-fuel vehicle, and we've got the pictures to prove it.

Thanks to a Flickr find by Green Car Reports of images from the the US National Archives, we offer glimpses from the First Symposium on Low Pollution Power Systems Development exhibition, as photographed by Frank Lodge. The pictures show off a bunch of electric vehicles in varying shapes and sizes. Fords, AMCs and a few other odd-shaped vehicles got the EV treatment. We don't know how far these beasts went on a full charge, or whether they included eight-track machines, but we do know that there was some real style in the clothing choices of the drivers. See for yourself in the gallery. Styling.