This year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, is set to include a new feature showcasing classic electric cars past and present when it takes place at Birmingham’s NEC on November 12-14
Twice daily, a range of electric classics spanning over a century will be driving around a purpose-built oval within Hall 5, with Wheeler Dealers star Mike Brewer talking to the various companies and owners.
The oldest car involved is a 1912 Baker Electric, on loan from Andrew Wood. Manufactured in Ohio from 1899 to 1914, the Baker boasted Thomas Edison as one of its first buyers. Owners these days include Jay Leno in the US, but there are only three Baker Electrics on the UK’s DVLA database, including the NEC show car.
Among the other EVs will be the Porsche 356-inspired Electric Chesil E, the Westfield Eleven – an electric replica of the iconic 1950s Lotus Eleven produced to race at Le Mans – and the Westfield Sports. The RBW Electric Roadster ‘restomod’ will also feature, a brand new EV based on a slightly modified MGB Heritage bodyshell.
These will be joined by several conversions by Electric Classic Cars in Wales, a company that has featured as the star of the Discovery Channel’s Vintage Voltage show. Founder Richard Morgan has electrified a whole range of cars, including a Mini, a Land Rover, a Ferrari and a BMW 2002.
Show director Lee Masters said: “Electric cars may seem like they’re fast becoming part of our future but what most people don’t realise is that they’ve been part of our motoring heritage for over 100 years.
“With some classics being converted and other ‘restomods’ coming to market, we wanted to highlight the options available to enthusiasts who are interested in electric motoring but still want that classic styling. It’s a perfect fit for our show theme of The Journey Continues…”
Tickets to the show can be booked in advance here before midnight on Thursday, November 11. Use the code CLASSICSWEB for a £2 discount!