Current Litestar / Pulse
Value Guide

INSURANCE


The Pulse is insured as a motorcycle because only three wheels touch the ground at any one time. It has a roll bar, so most states don't make you wear a helmet while driving it.

In 2021, owners report that they are insured by the following companies:

Grundy, Farmers, Progressive, Geiko, Hagerty, Midwest Classic Insurance and others.

Usually under $500 per year with agreed value.


WHAT ARE THEY WORTH ??

VALUE GUIDE

Before You Buy

There does not seem to be too much difference in appearance between the various years of production (1982 to 1990).

All Owosso Motor Car Co. Litestars and Pulses (1985 - 1990) 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.

Doug Minert in Michigan has some replacement body parts.

Mechanical parts are available here.

The canopy and windshield are being reproduced and available from Phil Martin.

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.


Original Factory Price


Original Factory Price

The basic factory list price seems to be from $7,000 in 1986 to fully equipped models at about $20,000 in 1989-90.

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.

Before You Buy

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.

You should always personally inspect any vehicle before you buy it.

Carefully examine the following:

******Engine and wiring

******Fiberglass for cracks

******Glass Windshields

******Inspect all frame weld joints for stress cracks

******Inspect main center support tube for rust by removing carpet

******Inspect outrigger attach points for rust.

Current Selling Prices in 2022:

In Oct. 2022, Pulse #199 in great condition sells for $32,986 on Bring A Trailer

A Pulse recently sold at a Mecum Auction for $57,000. But this is not the going price. This was auction fever.

Most Pulses in excellent condition sell for $25,000 to $30,000. Fixer uppers can sell for $10,000 to $15,000.

Pulse #81 sold on Bring-A-Trailer, on-line auction, in July of 2021 for $21,250. Nice condition with a Kawasaki 498cc engine.

Pulse #160 sold for $31,000 in May of 2021. Nice condition with Yamaha 400cc.

Pulse #204 sold at auction for $45,000 in April of 2021. Nice condition with a 400cc Yamaha engine.

Pulse #91 sold at auction for $57,000 in Jan. of 2021. Nice condition with a 400cc Yamaha engine.

Pulse #276 sold for $7,000 in 2020 needing repairs

Pulse #102 sold at auction for $16,000 in 2020

Pulse sold for $40,000 at auction in 2018

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.

Pulse #189 in restorable condition with a BMW engine sold at Mecum Kissimmee auction for $37,000 plus 10% buyers fee in Jan of 2018


"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 $30,000 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.



What to Know Before You Buy a Pulse


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