“The most important electric car in world history” put up for auctionJuly 5, 2019
The car was built by Brooklyn Riker Electric Motor Co. in 1898
Auction house Worldwide Auctioneers for the first time put up for public auction the most important electric car in world history. It is built by Brooklyn Riker Electric Motor Co. in 1898 and bears the title of winner of America’s first 50-mile race. The price of the seller is ready to provide only on request.
Riker Electric Motor Co. was founded in 1888 by automotive designer and engineer Andrew Lawrence Riker and was a continuation of his experiments with battery cars. Scientific American, dated September 26, 1896, has a note on how electric-powered Riker self-propelled crew won the race at Narragansett Park, Massachusetts.
Riker Electric offered for sale in 1898 became the winner of the Charles River Park Race, as well as the 1900 competition, which was held as part of the World Exhibition in Paris. In addition, the electric car is the winner of the first 50-mile race of America. On one charge, Riker Electric could drive up to 80 kilometers and accelerated to 64 kilometers per hour. At one time he was faster and steam engines, and cars with gasoline engines.
In 2018, the Mecum auction house put up for auction the most unusual car of the 50s, created by the legend of American customizing George Barris. The car, built on the Lincoln Capri Hardtop units of 1953, was equipped with a TV, a tape recorder, a radio and a mini-bar with a refrigerator. Incredible for those times, the set of electronics allowed the show car even to move offline.
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