1912 Metz Model 22 Assembled Roadster / 28317 Chassis Information

1912 Metz Model 22 photograph

1912 Metz Model 22 photograph

1912 Metz Model 22 photograph

1912 Metz Model 22 photograph

1912 Metz Model 22 photograph

1912 Metz Model 22 photograph

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Assembled Roadster
Chassis #: 28317
Prior to building automobiles, Charles Metz was a bicycle manufacture. His Waltham Manufacturing Company in Massachusetts made Orient bicycles. After a dispute with investors, he left his company; eight years later, he re-purchased his company which had fallen into a desperate financial state and had a large inventory of parts on hand. Metz then began selling packages of parts for $25 each, enabling them to build their own cars, one package at a time. This ingenious plan created a steady cash flow, allowing Metz to retire the debts of Waltham Manufacturing and become an auto manufacturer in his own right.

In 1912, Charles Metz introduced a new Model 22, powered by a 22 horsepower four-cylinder engine. It has a simple friction drive transmission found on the earlier vee-twin cars. The friction drive is operated via a steel disc rotating in one plane which drives a fiber disc operating in a plane 90 degrees to it. The engine turns the steel disc, and the fiber disc turns the drive wheel.

The Model 22 had a 90-inch wheelbase which was kept in drivers control via a two-wheel mechanical braking system.

This example wears an older restoration that remains in good condition in modern times. It has a monocle windshield, gas lamps, and excellent bright-work.

In 2010, this car was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $200,000-$250,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $189,750 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2010

Chassis# 28317

No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1912 sales)
1912 Metz Runabout
Chassis#: 20322
Sold for $19,250
  2018 RM Sothebys : Auburn Spring
 
1912 Metz Model 22 Roadster
Sold for $30,800
  2010 RM Auctions - Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey
 

No Sale

1912 Metz Model 22's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1912 Metz 22 Special Roadster 2016 Motostalgia Auction Indianapolis Brickyard   

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