Photo courtesy of Carbon Motors.

Photo courtesy of Carbon Motors.

Carbon Motors will auction its working prototype high-tech patrol car to help pay off creditors of the failed venture.

Carbon Motors shut down its plant in Connorsville, Ind., in May, after the Obama administration denied the company a federal loan to produce its E7 patrol car.

Last week, the company received permission from a federal bankruptcy court in Indianapolis to put the high-tech car up for auction. Late night talk show host Jay Leno has expressed interest in the vehicle, an attorney for the company told the Indianapolis Star.

The E7, which was designed by a one-time Dallas-Fort Worth police officer, came at an opportune moment, as Ford announced it was discontinuing the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. The prototype offered upgrades from the CVPI that were mostly incorporated into the new generation of police vehicles from Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors.