The electric car of 1898 will be auctioned off
The Riker Electric Car was built by car designer Andrew Lawrence Riker, who began experimenting with electric cars in the distant ... 1884. Riker was one of the giants of the American automobile industry; he was co-founder and president of the Society of Automotive Engineers (Henry Ford was vice president). After Riker sold his electric car company to transport magnate Albert Pope, he moved to Locomobile, where he developed its first production gasoline car.
The Riker Electric Car is said to have won several American automobile races and was shown - along with the famous Lohner-Porsche - at the 1900 World's Fair in Paris, where it won a gold medal. The machine was used by Riker's wife - Edith Riker - until 1930, and then was donated to the Henry Ford Museum. She remained in the museum's collection for a long time; In 1985, it was bought at an auction by the Riker family, and then acquired from them by the current owners. It is noted that the machine was carefully looked after and it was preserved very well.
121-year-old Riker Electric Car plans to sell at the Pacific Grove Auction on August 15 this year during Monterey Car Week.