1909 Metz Two RunaboutSOLD
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Estimate: $30,000-$40,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

$11,000 Sold

10hp, two-cylinder engine, friction transmission, four-wheel leaf spring suspension. Wheelbase: 81"

Charles H. Metz founded the Waltham Manufacturing Company in 1893 for the production of Orient bicycles. After building America ’ s first motorcycle, the largest bicycle with ten seats, and eventually some of the nation ’ s first autos, Metz left his own company in 1901. He returned seven years later only to find Waltham debt-ridden, in shambles, but with a tremendous surplus of parts. Ever the innovator, Metz offered customers a payment and self-assembly plan by which they could purchase their cars gradually and in pieces. Each ‘ Parts Group ’ cost $25 and was followed by another once the previous box of parts had been assembled by the client. Thus was born the Metz Two, which required fourteen boxes of parts, and at $350 was quite the bargain. By 1909, Waltham ’ s debts had been paid off by the “ Metz Plan ” and the following year ’ s Metz Two was offered with factory assembly.

The Two presented here was previously from Pennsylvania and was purchased by Mr. Wiseman in 2003 upon the closing of a museum in Alabama. It is an example from 1909 and as such, was hand-assembled by its very first owner. Although the eye-catching blue paint shows signs of aging, it remains in relatively presentable condition, and is attractively offset by cream-colored wheels, suspension and driveline components. The elegant brass headlights, cowl lights, and trim pieces are in similarly presentable condition, although they display signs of ageing upon close inspection. The tan convertible top is in impressive condition, as is the rear-mounted wooden storage compartment. As for the interior, the striking blue leather upholstery exhibits a lovely patina and is complemented by a wooden steering wheel with brass spokes. Evidence of road use is visible in the engine compartment, although this does not detract significantly from its appearance, as it is very tidy. It should be noted that an original copy of the Metz parts diagrams and pricelist are included in its sale.

The Metz Two is an extraordinary vehicle born of a debt-ridden company and the ingenuity of its founder. Well restored and attractively finished, Mr. Wiseman ’ s Two Runabout is a capable, exhilarating driver that captures the adventurous spirit of the early American autos with the thrill of an open runabout.

Reference Number 14995

as of 11/4/2007

Car 1909 Metz Two Runabout
VIN 6150 
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