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1914 Metz Model 22 Roadster For Sale by Auction

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' Hershey event, 10 - 11 October 2019. Estimate:$20,000 - $30,000 Tidy and tasty Metz Plan roadsterFriction transmission with chain driveQuality restoration Charles Metz was a bicycle manufacturer. His Waltham Manufacturing Company in Massachusetts made Orient bicycles, as well as chassis for a considerable number of early automobiles. He left the company in 1901 after a tiff with investors. Eight years later, he bought it back, in a desperate financial state and with a huge inventory of parts on hand. Metz conceived the “Metz Plan,” by which customers could purchase packages of parts for $25 each and build their own cars, one package at a time.In six months, with the steady cash infusions, Metz had retired the debts of Waltham Manufacturing and become an auto manufacturer in his own right, offering cars completely built. In 1912 a new Model 22, with a 22 hp four-cylinder engine, was introduced, but it retained the simple friction-drive transmission of the earlier vee-twin cars.Tidy and tasty, this Model 22 Metz is painted light blue with black fenders and accent striping. Its black cape top has a detachable windshield curtain. The seat is upholstered with wide-pleated black leather. The cockpit is cozy and devoid of instruments. At the rear is a jauntily angled luggage compartment. The four-cylinder engine drives through the friction transmission via dual chains to the rear wheels.Thousands of customers of the Metz Plan built their own cars, a package at a time. This is a chance to acquire one completely built and enjoy it posthaste.Please note that this car's correct chassis number is 26925 and it is titled as such. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/hf19.


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