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Author Topic: Can Anyone Identify a Baker Electric Car Model?  (Read 585 times)
RJBowman
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« on: April 07, 2015, 05:14:51 am »

I'm sorry that I can not offer an image; the car I'm looking for is one that I remember seeing in an old advertisement that I once saw framed in an antique shop. The car was Baker Electric, but image search doesn't turn up an image of the specific car.

It was an open car (convertible); it had two rows of seats, with the front row facing backwards. The driver actually sat in the back seat and looked over the front passenger's shoulders to driver. The seating arrangement seemed to be intended to facilitate conversation while driving; it definitely wasn't designed for safety. The advertisement marketed the car to women.

Any leads would be appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2015, 09:51:00 am »

Don't know if this will help, but I found a series of images dating to around 1909 illustrating the range of Baker vehicles. None appear to have rear facing passenger seats, and only one model has the driver located behind the passengers. Have a look at the J Victoria model: http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47de-09be-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99/book?parent=14638260-c5ed-012f-29f1-58d385a7bc34#page/1/mode/2up

Digging a little further, I can only find the Extension Front Coupe advertised as seating four (five in the later models) with the option for front passengers beaing able to face rearwards. http://chuckstoyland.com/national/electric/baker/1912%20BAKER%20Elec%206%206%20p%2041.jpg
http://chuckstoyland.com/national/electric/baker/index.html has quite a collection of adverts relating to the Baker and a whole host of other early American vehicles.

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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2015, 03:20:36 pm »

The Extension Front Coupe seems the most similar to the car I remember. But the J Victoria is an interesting variation in car design, with the driver sitting above and behind the passengers; it has to have been intended for someone that employs a driver.
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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2015, 03:23:21 pm »

The article about the Extension Front Coupe does mention "Recent agitation in regard to the danger incurred by carrying passengers in front of the driver".
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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2015, 03:58:21 pm »

After a rather entertaining (and informative) hunt through various websites, I didn't find exactly what you were looking for. I did find an electric car that was marketed specifically at women but it was neither convertible or a Baker Electric. It was in fact a 1917 Detroit Electric Brougham, which did feature rear facing front seats (4th picture on the page).

Here is the advertisement I found for the car: Detroit Electric Ad.

I just thought you'd find it interesting.
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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2015, 06:08:32 pm »

My mind's eye sees an engraving of a carriage which matches your description almost perfectly, but like you I cannot recall where I first encountered it. I may have an opportunity at the coming weekend to ferret out the image I remember seeing.
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« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2015, 01:36:32 pm »

There's this:



The style is known as "vis-a-vis"; a development from horse carriage days.



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« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2015, 10:17:33 pm »

Similar to the vis-a-vis, but not open on the sides.
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« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2015, 10:19:45 pm »

Ah, running boards. They are missed on modern cars. You can't stand on a moving car's fenders while gunning down your enemy.
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« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2015, 12:13:59 am »

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« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2015, 11:47:42 pm »

Ah - I have a large modern Sedan (literal definition) with running boards.  The Dodge Durango of a few years ago is essentially the same body style as a four-door sedan of the teens through the thirties.  I have considered a few minor upgrades to emphasize that similarity - contrasting paint for the fenders, a real trunk on a rack in the back, cowl lights, and so on.

But it has a lot of miles on it already, I may just let it go.


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