Rare late-19th century electric car to be auctioned off in California

09 July 2019 - 13:26 By AFP Relaxnews
This electric Riker will head to auction on August 15 2019 in the US.
This electric Riker will head to auction on August 15 2019 in the US.
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An exceptional Riker, from the US pioneer of electric cars, will be auctioned by Worldwide Auctioneers on August 15 2019, at the Pacific Grove auction during California's Monterey Classic Car Week.

The fully electric Riker dates from 1898 and will be of special interest at the sale, which also features a 1931 Cadillac V12 Roadster, a 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS, and a 1961 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur. Its estimated value has not yet been announced.

Developed by Andrew Riker, this car reached 64 km/h, winning many races in the US. In 1900, the car was taken over the Atlantic to be shown at the Universal Exposition in Paris. The car still has its original licence plate bearing the initials of its first owner, Andrew Lawrence Riker.

The end of the 19th century was a busy period in the development of electric vehicles, such as in the case of the "Jamais Contente" ("Never Satisfied") developed by Belgium's Camille Jenatzy, which was the very first car in the world to go faster than 100 km/h.


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