Many creative minds, both business and technical, plied the car business in its infancy. One of the more inspired individuals was Charles Herman Metz. Starting his career as a bicycle designer, he soon built a company of his own, the Waltham Manufacturing Company of Waltham, MA, to build bikes. From his fertile mind came such creations as a 10-person Orient cycle and a motorized tandem, considered the first American motorcycle, in 1897. The following year Metz expanded to motorcar production, but due to disagreements with his investors over control of the company, Metz left the company he founded.
Without his guidance, the Waltham Manufacturing Company fell into financial disarray and by 1908 Metz had regained control, reorganizing it as the Metz Company. When he took the reins, he found the company to be in possession of two things in excess: debt and spare parts. To alleviate both problems, Metz devised a new way to sell cars—as a ‘Plan’ in which multiple small packages could be successively purchased and assembled into an entire car. The plan worked, and by 1911 he was able to begin offering factory built cars. Initially offering a 12hp twin, his most popular model, the ‘22’, was introduced in 1912.
Powered by a 22hp 4-cylinder motor driving through dual chain drives and a friction transmission on a 90-inch wheelbase, the only body style offered was a Runabout. Offered initially as both a ‘Plan’ and as an assembled model, by 1913 only factory-assembled cars were offered, starting at $395 for the ‘Special’ Runabout and $495 for the more handsomely appointed examples. As a testament to their quality, a three-car team of Metz 22 Runabouts won the gruelling Glidden Tour in 1913 (the last held until 1946) as they were the only entries to finish with a perfect score.
This Metz 22 comes to auction with ASI certification (no. 035822). In good condition, it’s finished in orange with black and it would be a very worthwhile addition to any oldtimer collection.
Dieser Metz 22 kommt zur Auktion mit ASI Zertifikat (Nr. 035822). Gefertigt in Orange mit Schwarz, ist es in einem guten Zustand und würde eine lohnende Ergänzung zu jeder Oldtimersammlung sein.