1908 Baker Model M

1908 Baker Model M 1908 Baker Model M 1908 Baker Model M
Roadster
Chassis #: 036
Sold for $123,750 at 2011 RM Auctions - Hershey.
The Baker Motor Vehicle Company was formed in 1899. For 1907, the company offered no fewer than 14 body styles, ranging from a simple roadster to a Depot Carriage, Victoria, and even Queen Victoria. The simplistic Roadster was lightweight, durable and was claimed to be the 'fastest electric on the market.'
This Baker Roadster was purchased in 1907 as a gift to for the buyer's wife. After just 60 miles, the car encountered mechanical problems and was put into storage. It re-surfaced in San Diego, CA in the 1940s. It passed through several owners through the years; in 1999 it was given a restoration. The car is finished in black with red running gear and pinstripe. There are all-white tires and crimson leather upholstery. Powering the car is a 48 volt electric motor offering 3.5 horsepower. There is a planetary transmission, two-wheel mechanical drum brakes, and a wheelbase that measures 95 inches.

In 2011, the car was offered for sale at the Hershey Auction presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $70,000 - $90,000. As bidding came to a close, the car was sold for the sum of $123,750 inclusive of buyer's premium.

The Baker is powered by 16 batteries producing 96 volts driving a 3.5 horsepower electric motor and was advertised as the fastest electric car on the market capable of 30 mph. The motor operates through a planetary transmission. It rides on a 95-inch wheelbase with a solid front axle, live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs and mechanical rear drum brakes.

The current owner originally acquired this car many years ago from a California collector who had restored it in 1999. At that time his collection of electric cars numbered fifteen. He sold off the entire collection several years ago, but recently re-acquired this car. It is the only baker roadster known to exist.


By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2012

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1913Ford (168,220)Overland (37,422)Studebaker (31,994)
1912Ford (78,440)Overland (28,572)Buick (19,812)
1911Ford (69,762)Overland (18,745)Maxwell (16,000)
1910Ford (32,053)Buick (30,525)Overland (15,598)
1909Ford (17,771)Buick (14,606)Maxwell (9,460)
1908Ford (10,202)Buick (8,820)Studebaker (8,132)
1907Ford (14,887)Buick (4,641)Maxwell (3,785)
1906Ford (8,729)Cadillac (3,650)Rambler (2,765)
1905Oldsmobile (6,500)Cadillac (4,029)Rambler (3,807)
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