1911 Maxwell 14hp Model AB Twin-cylinder Runabout  Engine no. AB14976

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Lot 449
1911 Maxwell 14hp Model AB Twin-cylinder Runabout
Registration no. BF 5915 Engine no. AB14976

£ 17,000 - 20,000
US$ 21,000 - 25,000
1911 Maxwell 14hp Model AB Twin-cylinder Runabout
Registration no. BF 5915
Engine no. AB14976

Footnotes

  • 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 right-hand steering wheel - in 1904. The twin proved an enormous success, selling well right from the start. 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. Indeed, Chrysler's first four-cylinder of 1926 was a revamped Maxwell.

    The car offered here is one of the last of Maxwell's highly successful twin-cylinder runabouts, this type being discontinued after 1912. It was purchased from one David Laughton in Virginia, USA in 2011, having already been fully restored, and since its arrival in the UK has benefited from the installation of a new windscreen hood and hood frame supplied by Witmer Coach of New Holland PA. Used for various local rallies, the car is described by the private vendor as in very good condition and is offered with a photograph of the car before restoration and a V5 registration document.
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1911 Maxwell 14hp Model AB Twin-cylinder Runabout  Engine no. AB14976
1911 Maxwell 14hp Model AB Twin-cylinder Runabout  Engine no. AB14976
1911 Maxwell 14hp Model AB Twin-cylinder Runabout  Engine no. AB14976
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