Rocker Neil Young is taking some decibels — and emissions — from his beloved 1959 Lincoln Continental.
To transform the throaty exhaust of the giant classic luxury sedan into a discreet hum, Young is paying H-Line Conversions, of Wichita, Kan., $40,000 to $100,000 to install a biodiesel-electric hybrid powertrain. Out goes the gas-swilling, 430-cubic-inch V-8; in go a small diesel, an electric motor, a generator and a lithium ion battery pack. The price could rise to six figures if Young upgrades to a set of ultracapacitors, which store electricity and release it in a quick burst.
The conversion job is being filmed for a documentary, said Johnathan Goodwin, H-Line's owner.