Looking Back: 100 Year Old Pope Waverly Electric Car Ads

We often talk about the future of the automobile being electric, and news about companies like Tesla, Toyota, and Volvo contributing to that electric future is great. But, as we celebrate this New Year’s Eve and look forward to a new year and new steps forward, I’d like to take a minute to look back to the past. Specifically, the electric car past, which the Pope Waverly electric cars helped to build.

One of our sister sites, EV Obsession, covered an auction held at the famous Brooklands race track in England that saw a historic 1906 Pope-Waverly Victoria Phaeton (the one at the top of this post, actually) sell for £44,800. Not bad for a 100 year old car that was made by an Indiana bicycle company, is it!?

It’s not. Another thing that isn’t bad are all the wonderful variety of beautifully illustrated, classic ads for the Pope Waverly electric cars I ran across on Facebook and Pinterest today- I wasn’t even looking! A good omen for 2018 after a very tumultuous 2017, then. And, with that, I would like to present you with some of my favorite century-old EV ads as I wish you all a happy and safe New Year’s Eve. Enjoy!


Classic Waverly Electric Car Ads

Sources | Images: EV Obsession, Vintage Advertising Archive.


Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.