Malcolm Bricklin and Harvey Lamm have slowed down a step or two, but neither is ready to fully retire.
Bricklin, 78, is working on yet another startup, Visionary Vehicles. The company is developing the Bricklin 3EV, a two-seat, battery- powered three-wheeler that he says will arrive in 2019.
Never shy about making audacious claims, Bricklin says the EV3 will have "supercar" styling but cost only around $25,000. "It's got a wide front, side-by-side seating — you'll have the most fun ever."
Lamm left Subaru of America after Fuji Heavy Industries bought out the company in 1990.
He managed his own investments until 1996, then was CEO of VINtek Corp., a privately held company in Philadelphia that provided electronic lien and titling services to auto lenders. Dealertrack Technologies Inc. acquired VINtek in 2013 for $53.4 million.
Today, at 82, he is an advocate for natural-gas-powered vehicles. He was a co-founder of VNG.co, in Blue Bell, Pa, in 2011. VNG is developing a compressed natural gas fueling infrastructure for fleets and retail customers.
"Natural gas is the cheapest fossil fuel, and it is a domestic fuel," Lamm says. "You can improve fuel economy, it's a geopolitically stable alternative to gasoline, and you can get it at a gas station."