1915 Metz 25 Tourer
Lot 591
1915 Metz Model 25 Tourer, Chassis no. 35847 Engine no. 35847
Sold for £8,625 (US$ 14,146) inc. premium

Lot Details
1915 Metz 25 Tourer 1915 Metz 25 Tourer 1915 Metz 25 Tourer
1915 Metz Model 25 Tourer

Registration no. SV 4676
Chassis no. 35847
Engine no. 35847

Footnotes

  • After a successful career making bicycles, Charles Herman Metz turned his Waltham Manufacturing Company to the production of automobiles, only to be ousted by its investors. He returned in 1908 and reconstituted Waltham as the Metz Company, initially selling cars as kits in instalments and from 1909 fully assembled. A 10hp (later 12hp) twin was the sole model on offer until it was superseded for 1912 by a 22hp four. All Metz models featured chain drive and friction transmission up to 1918. Despite the introduction in 1919 of a new six-cylinder car with a conventional gearbox and shaft drive, the company foundered and was gone for good by the end of 1922.

    This four-cylinder Metz was involved in an accident in 1915 shortly after collection by its first owner, having covered only 564 miles. The car was then garaged and did not re-emerge until 1970(!) when it was purchased by VSCC stalwart, 'Hicky' Hickling following a tip off from a member of the VCC's dating panel. Hicky rebuilt the engine but retained the Metz's original paint, trim, lights, etc and competed with it in the VSCC's Wessex Trial, Prescott hill climb and Brooklands tests where Bill Boddy complimented him on the slowest ever climb of the test hill! In the 1980s the car was sold via Malcolm Elder and subsequently restored to its present condition. Purchased by the vendor's son as a gift, the Metz was used for his wedding and trips to the local pub but most of the time has been kept on display in a heated garage. Running well, this rare early America automobile is described as in generally good condition and offered with VCC dating certificate and Swansea V5.
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