Lot No: 333
1902 Baker Electric Runabout
Chassis no. 137 Y-02
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, able to boast "More than three times as many Baker Electrics are sold each year than of any other make". 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 Gardens, New York City in 1900.
With petrol 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 where their limited range was less of a concern.
The earliest Baker electric models were available in two variants, the Imperial Runabout, costing $850 and the more luxurious Phaeton Stanhope. Both used a proprietary chassis w