1910 Maxwell Model Q 22hp Tourer  Chassis no. Q32248

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Lot 655
1910 Maxwell Model Q 22hp Tourer
Registration no. SV 5143 Chassis no. Q32248

£ 8,000 - 12,000
US$ 9,800 - 15,000
1910 Maxwell Model Q 22hp Tourer
Registration no. SV 5143
Chassis no. Q32248
Financed by Detroit sheet metal manufacturer Benjamin Briscoe and East Coast plutocrat J P Morgan, ex-Oldsmobile and Northern engineer Jonathan D Maxwell built his first car - an advanced twin-cylinder design with water cooling, mechanical inlet valves, two-speed planetary transmission, shaft drive and righthand steering wheel - in 1904. The twin proved an enormous success; a four-cylinder model joined the line-up for 1906 and Maxwell expanded from its Tarrytown, New York base, opening factories in Auburn, Indiana and Rhode Island. Sound engineering was complemented by a series of headline-grabbing publicity stunts that helped boost sales, none more successful than a transcontinental trip from New York to San Francisco undertaken by a team of four lady drivers in 1909. The following year the firm sold over 20,000 cars, a total exceeded only by Ford and Buick. From this high point Maxwell went into decline. Briscoe's ambitious expansion plans proved disastrous; most of the factories were sold off and Jonathan Maxwell moved production to Detroit. Hit hard by the post-WWI depression, Maxwell merged - unsuccessfully - with Chalmers and acquired a new president in the person of Walter Percy Chrysler, whose new marque would rise from the Maxwell-Chalmers ashes.
This Model Q Tourer is of the same type as that used for the company's famous transcontinental trip. Righthand drive, the car is powered by a 3.5-litre sidevalve four driving via a three-speed sliding-gear transmission. In single family ownership in the USA from new until 1993, when it was imported into the UK, the vehicle underwent professional restoration in 1994, being repainted, re-trimmed and fitted-out with a new hood and tonneau. Kept garaged since completion, it has been used sparingly and remains in good condition throughout. Finished in blue with black leather interior, the car retains its original US brass registration plate on the dashboard and is offered with Society of Automobile Historians Dating Certificate, four expired MoTs and Swansea V5.
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