1914 Detroit Electric Model 47 Brougham, Personal Car of Clara Ford

Summary

Clara Ford, wife of Henry Ford, drove this Detroit Electric. In the years before World War I many women chose electric cars because they started instantly without hand cranking and had no difficult-to-shift transmission. The superintendent of the Detroit Electric factory employed his daughter, Lillian Reynolds, to sell to women -- including Clara Ford, who drove this car into the 1930s.

Clara Ford, wife of Henry Ford, drove this Detroit Electric. In the years before World War I many women chose electric cars because they started instantly without hand cranking and had no difficult-to-shift transmission. The superintendent of the Detroit Electric factory employed his daughter, Lillian Reynolds, to sell to women -- including Clara Ford, who drove this car into the 1930s.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1914

Creators

Anderson Electric Car Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Detroit 

Creator Notes

The Detroit Electric brand was made by Anderson Electric Car Company, Detroit, Michigan.

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

38.372.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Henry and Clara Ford

Material

Metal
Glass (Material)
Rubber (Material)

Color

Green
Black (Color)
Yellow

Dimensions

Height: 84.5 in

Width: 72 in

Length: 142.5 in

Weight: 2466 lbs  (batteries=1170, total with batteries = 3636)

Inscriptions

Running boards: THE / DETROIT/ ELECTRIC Hub caps: ANDERSON ELECTRIC CAR CO. / DETROIT MICH./DETROIT Plate on front: ANDERSON ELECTRIC CAR CO. / DETROIT, MICH. U.S.A./PATENTED / Dec. 22, 1903 to Sept. 30, 1913 No. 44, 698.

Specifications

Make & Model: 1914 Detroit Electric Model 47 brougham

Maker: Anderson Electric Car Company, Detroit, Michigan

Motor type: DC

Batteries: 54 cells, 108 volts

Height: 84.5 inches

Wheelbase: 100 inches

Width: 72 inches

Overall length: 142.5 inches

Horsepower: unknown

Weight: 3636 pounds

Price: $3,730 as outfitted

Average 1914 wage: $627 per year

Time you'd work to buy this car: about 5 years, 11 months

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