Horseless carriages to bring 'Great Gatsby' era back to NYC

Last Updated: Mon, Apr 29, 2013 09:00 hrs

A Brooklyn-born exotic car designer is building a prototype of an electric "horseless carriage" that could debut on city streets in about a year.

Animal advocates hope that will the electric automobile designed by Jason Wenig of the Creative Workshop in Florida could replace horse-drawn carriages in the city, the New York Daily News reported.

"It's a turn-of-the-century brass-era car reenvisioned for modern use," said Wenig, who is using the 1909 Pierce-Arrow and Packard as inspiration.

Wenig, an animal lover who shares his workshop with two rescued dogs, was contracted by New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets (NYCLASS) to build the car from scratch. The prototype will cost about 450,000 dollars to manufacture.

NYClass' ultimate goal is to eliminate horse-drawn carriages in New York City.

Allie Feldman, lead organizer for NYClass, said the vehicle, designed to fit eight people, features ergonomic and safety features not available in horse-drawn carriages, such as a sound system and seat belts.

"Passengers will feel like they are being transformed into the 'Great Gatsby' era in a modern car," she said. (ANI)

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