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    Standard Silhouette BAKER - ELECTRIC COUPE - 1912

An elegant, modest coupé by the American marque Baker, which at the time was one of the largest producers of electric city cars in the US. The ‘dashboard’ was located at the top, against the roof and was made up of only one Volt and one Ampere gauge. The batteries were located in the front under the ‘bonnet’ and in a space at the rear; the engine itself was located underneath the seat. The Baker Electric Coupe had tiller steering, which was relatively outdated at the time that it was launched. The batteries could be recharged by connecting to the mains.

Note the beautiful silk and brocade interior upholstery which denotes that this Baker Electric Coupe was a luxurious automobile aimed at the ladies of high society. The roof was built high to allow for the large hats that were fashionable at the time. The Baker was positioned as the ‘Aristocrat of Motordom’ which guaranteed freedom from ‘the Uncertainties of the Explosive Motor or Steam-Driven Vehicles’.

Walter Baker was working with electric motorcars as early as 1893 and set up his own company in 1899. Although he was successful initially, the popularity of the electric car waned due to the rapid development of the internal combustion engine. The invention of the electric starter, for example, made cranking a thing of the past. Baker halted the production of electric cars in 1916.

The Baker Electric Coupe was the model for Grandma Duck’s car in Walt Disney’s ‘Donald Duck’ cartoons.