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VIN
30303

Description

22 HP, L-Head In-Line 4-Cylinder Engine, Gearless Transmission Chassis No. 30303 In 1909, when Charles Metz introduced his first automobile, he had been no stranger to vehicle production. Since the mid 1880's, Metz bicycles manufactured under the Waltham name, had been very popular and some of his special editions, like a bicycle built for 10, had given him quite a bit of notoriety. In 189...

22 HP, L-Head In-Line 4-Cylinder Engine, Gearless Transmission Chassis No. 30303 In 1909, when Charles Metz introduced his first automobile, he had been no stranger to vehicle production. Since the mid 1880's, Metz bicycles manufactured under the Waltham name, had been very popular and some of his special editions, like a bicycle built for 10, had given him quite a bit of notoriety. In 1898, he motorized a tandem-bike and has been recognized as the first such vehicle in America. Metz helped the Waltham Company developed a small motorcar. In 1908 he managed to acquire Walthan, which was buried in debt, filled with an inventory of parts to build quite a few cars, but few funds to pay employees to assemble them. Dividing the assembly of his cars into 14 parts, he put together packages for $25 each allowing the customers to pay on the installment plan while they put their own car together. This gave him enough working capital to pay off some debts and develop a more modern car. A rather economical roadster when it was new, this Metz has been a part of the museum for a number of years. It appears to have been given a light cosmetic restoration and retains many or its original appointments. Among these are the original Presto-lite headlights, however the charging tank is missing as are the top bows. It does have its original windshield frame and what appear to be proper cowl lights. This vintage roadster looks to be complete mechanically and would be a real experience to take for a ride with the unique Metz transmission. This is a rare opportunity to own a real piece of American motoring.

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