1915 Detroit Electric Model 61 Brougham

Second Floor - Industry

1915 Detroit Electric Model 61 Brougham. Most electrics of the period are very, very tall and most of them are enclosed. They were intended for women of the era. Because they were powered by electric, they didn’t have to be started, probably by a hand crank, like gasoline-powered cars did. They were quiet. They were clean, easy to drive, reliable and because they were drive by women of the day who weren’t expected to travel very far from home, their severely limited range was not an issue.

Collection of the Petersen Automotive Museum

Image by: Jacob Nuibe Photography