Hershey | Lot 178

1908 Baker Electric Model V Victoria

$93,500 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania

9 October 2014

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  • Fully operational older restoration that presents nicely
  • Formerly part of and restored for a well-known East Coast collection
  • Eligible for HCCA and other vintage tours

2.5 hp, 48-volt electric motor with shaft drive to the rear wheels, front and rear semi-elliptic leaf-spring suspension, and rear-wheel brakes. Wheelbase: 80 in.

At the time of the inception of the Baker Motor Vehicle Company in 1899, three power sources vied for universal acceptance, steam, electric, and gasoline. Interestingly, by the turn of the 21st century, nearly 38 percent of the market was comprised of electric-powered vehicles. With a range of 40–50 miles, Bakers were ideal for suburban use. Sales began in 1900, with Thomas Edison among the first purchasers. Baker offered a range of body styles on a several standardized chassis and drivetrains, all of which were powered by Edison batteries.

The company was renowned for its high-quality craftsmanship and detailing in coachwork. This unusual 1908 Baker Model V Victoria, though in a less familiar style, is a beautiful example of the quality workmanship and detailing for which Baker was recognized. The two-seater is powered by a 48-volt motor and shaft drive to the rear axle. It features an older restoration that was both done for and preserved by a well-known and respected East Coast collection. Fit, function, and finish are all to a high standard. Body number 5372 is conservatively liveried in black with a black patent leather fender and dashboard, its seats are upholstered in black tufted leather, and it is fitted with a black leather cape-style top, all of which makes for quite a striking presentation.

This carefully preserved Model V shows some age and use, but it is fully serviceable and in great mechanical condition. Its condition will provide for a straightforward cosmetic freshening or a full restoration back to show condition. In either case, it is highly usable for driving around town or for vintage vehicle tours.

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