CNN: Gas guzzlers get new lives — as tire-smoking hybrids

WITCHITA, Kansas (CNN) — On a beautiful, crisp late fall afternoon, rock icon Neil Young took his 1959 Lincoln Continental for one last spin before a team of mechanics ripped out its gas-guzzling engine to make way for an electric motor.

Car buffs may think it’s sacrilege to tear apart an automotive classic, but Young wants it to have a new life as a fuel-efficient hybrid.

“If we’re going to make a difference, truly make cars more environmentally friendly,” Young said, “we have to make that emotional connection.”

Young said everyone has a connection with an old car like the Lincoln.

FastCompany.com: Motorhead Messiah — Johnathan Goodwin can get 100 mpg out of a Lincoln Continental, cut emissions by 80%, and double the horsepower. Does the car business have the guts to follow him?

SAEEnergy.com: Upcoming hybrid conversion projects