One of the many electric car manufacturers to emerge at the beginning of the 20th Century, the Baker Electric Motor Vehicle Company of Cleveland, Ohio was, by 1910, the most successful electric car manufacturer in the world. Founded by Walter C. Baker, who graduated from the Case School of Applied Science in 1891, the first Baker Electric car appeared at the National Automobile Show held at Madison Square Garden, New York City in 1900.
With gasoline powered cars proving dirty, noisy and tiresome to crank start and steam cars having limited range and a long warm-up period, electric cars were proving extremely popular in the early 1900s, particularly in towns and cities and with women because of their ease of operation.
Noted early customers of the Baker included Thomas Edison (his first car), the King of Siam, and President of the United States William Howard Taft's wife, Hellen Taft. Few examples can be found in important private collections and museums around the world today. In June 1915 Baker merged with another successful exponent of electric vehicles, Rauch & Lang, but the popularity of electric vehicles was beginning to wane.
THIS CAR, a very rare 1909 Baker Model V Victoria Roadster is one of only a few remaining open examples in existence today. Recently found in a carriage house outside of Chicago, this car was previously owned by the noted early car collector D. Cameron Peck. The Model V is a very useable model, 74 volts with 4 speeds forward and one in reverse and is capable of around 30 mph. It is still in incredibly well preserved original condition including original leather fenders and original Baker lamps. A new set of batteries have been installed and it is now in perfect operating and drivable condition. Certainly one of the best examples in the world offered for the first time in 50 years. Contact us today for more information.