1914 Metz 22 # 2607

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On December 5, 1997  Rod Sohn and Frank Dorr, CTRC volunteers, drove to Groveland, California to pick up a completely restored 1913 Metz roadster donated to CTRC by Mr. Brattmiller in memory of his wife Cleo. This unique early American automobile was manufactured in Waltham, Massachusetts.

This antique vehicle can be seen at the Trolley Barn on the grounds of the History Museums of San Jose, California.

1914 Metz 22 # 2607

1914 Metz 22 # 2607

1914 Metz 22 # 2607

1914 Metz 22 # 2607

1914 Metz 22 # 2607

1914 Metz 22 # 2607

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Published in: on July 31, 2009 at 5:58 am  Comments (1)  

Metz Auto Plant being demolished for Big Box Retailer.

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Developer demolishes old Raytheon building for new BJ’s
By Richard Conn/Daily News staff
Daily News Tribune
Posted Jul 26, 2009 @ 11:01 PM
WALTHAM —

A Seyon Street site that was once slated for a Lowe’s Home Improvement store will now be home to a BJ’s Wholesale Club, according to a spokeswoman for the developer of the property.

Diana Pisciotta, spokeswoman for Boston-based Samuels and Associates, said an 117,000-square-foot BJ’s is planned for the 20 Seyon St. location., which the developer will build “by right.”

The old Raytheon building on the site is being demolished to make way for BJ’s.

In 2007, Samuels and Associates pitched a 143,000-square-foot Lowe’s for the site, a proposal that was met with an outcry from neighboring residents who worried about traffic and other quality-of-life issues.

Samuels and Associates withdrew its special permit application to the City Council in May 2007 and vowed to go ahead with the project under existing zoning rules and without conditions imposed by the city.

The developer then won an important legal decision against the city last fall, when a judge ruled that Seyon Street was a public way.

The city had argued that it owned the rights to Seyon Street and it was neither a public nor private way and therefore could not be used as a point of access for the proposed development.

Pisciotta said she couldn’t yet comment on the reason for the switch from Lowe’s to BJ’s, but said a press release is being prepared.

The former Raytheon building that’s now being demolished was built in 1914 by famed automaker Charles Metz and used to manufacture vehicles. In May 2008, the Waltham Historical Commission for the first time enacted the city’s demolition delay in hopes negotiating with the developers to see if they would consider other alternatives to demolition.

The ordinance imposes a six-month delay on the destruction of any buildings or homes 75 years or older that are deemed historically or architecturally significant.

Arthur Bennett, program director for the Historical Commission, said the developer simply waited out the six-months. He said in the future the commission would like to see the city consider a one-year time frame.

Richard Conn can be reached at 781-398-8004 or rconn@cnc.com.

Published in: on July 27, 2009 at 8:15 am  Comments (1)  

Waltham on Wheels July 11th 2009

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Waltham on Wheels

Waltham on Wheels

Waltham on Wheels

Waltham on Wheels

Waltham on Wheels

Waltham on Wheels

Waltham on Wheels

Waltham on Wheels

Waltham on Wheels

Waltham on Wheels

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Waltham on Wheels

Waltham on Wheels

Waltham on Wheels

Waltham on Wheels

Waltham on Wheels

Waltham on Wheels

Waltham on Wheels

Waltham on Wheels

Waltham on Wheels

The 2009 Waltham on Wheels was a great success. Thirteen Waltham Orient and Metz vehicles attended the event. We are already in the planning stages for the 2010 gathering and hope to make it a weekend with tours. Owners brought cars from as far away as Nevada. On display were the following. (1) 1903 Orient Buckboard

(2) 1906 Orient Buckboard

(1) 1909 Metz Plan Car

(1) 1912 Metz 22 Roadster

(1) 1913 Metz 22 Roadster

(2) 1914 Metz 22 Speedster

(1) 1915 Metz 22 Roadster

(1) 1915 Metz 25 Touring Car

(1) 1916 Metz 22 Touring Car

(1) 1916 Metz 25 Delivery Wagon (Recreation)

(5) Orient Bicycles

(2) Orient Tandem Bicycles

(1) Comet Bicycle

Thanks to Phil Jamison for these videos.

Thanks to Mark Wasnock for this Video.

News Flash: Orient Buckboards to participate in 2009 London to Brighton Run

Several Orient Buckboard will participate in the 2009 London to Brighton Run. For those of us who a not aware of this famous run we have attached a few videos of past London to Brighton Runs which became an annual event in 1927 with the exception of the war years and 1947 when petrol rationing was in force.  At least two if not three Orients are registered for the run. We will keep you posted and attempt to get the details on the Orients.

London to Brighton Run

Published in: on July 24, 2009 at 3:59 pm  Comments (1)  

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New Zealand meeting in Cromwell 1910 Metz

VideoOtago hosts vintage car show
It was a chance for the old and the beautiful to show-off this weekend with historic cars from all around New Zealand meeting in Cromwell for the National Veteran Rally.

Those made before 1919 took to the backroads around Otago – including one veteran that has made it to the ripe old age of 109.

With many cars average 40km/h the event was more about style than speed.

“It is quite fun to potter round slowly on traffic-free central Otago road,” says Bob Turnbull who owns a 1907 Sizaire Naudin.

Mr Turnbull has been maintaining his car for the last 42 years.

Robert Duncan is the proud owner of a 1910 Metz.

It was first owned by his great-grandfather. With the outbreak of World War One he feared his prized possession might be commandeered for the war effort.

He took it apart and hid it in the roof – it stayed there until 1970 when Mr Duncan helped get it back on the road.

“It has a top speed of about 25 miles and hour – and when you are doing 25 miles and hour it feels like 150 miles an hour.”

Published in: on July 22, 2009 at 3:11 am  Leave a Comment  

1917 Metz 25 #43095

Metz 25 #43095

Metz 25 #43095

Metz 25 #43095

Metz 25 #43095

The Metz “25”  # 43095 running chassis  arrived in Australia  without the body. At that time a higher tax was applied to imports of fully finished motor vehicles, this  was to assist  the local motor body trade. The factory mudguards (fenders) bonnet (engine hood) etc were with the unit.

 

This owner purchased the chassis and the body from the demonstration car,  enabling the Metz to be ready the following day to drive back the 160 miles to his dairy farm.

After updating  with a Chevrolet the Metz was put to work on the farm, the body was removed and the chassis cut off behind the counter shaft. The power plant was mounted on posts and mated with a saw bench driven by a belt pulley on  the counter shaft. The front axle was used under a trailer.

Many years later after being left in the open I was able to acquire the remains of this Metz and set about piecing it together, it was some  time later that all the discarded components were  found and re assembled, the car now moves under its own power. Some of the Australian body remains and will be re built as it was.

 

Very few early cars survived intact in this country  ended there  life performing other duties as this one.

 

This is the only model “25” that I know of in Aus. ,but a few engines have been found.

Noel

 

 

Published in: on July 19, 2009 at 3:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Orient Buckboard #3721

Just a note the First car registered in British Columbia was a Orient in 1904 to a Mr. Barnsley.
My orient was brought to BC in 1918 by a Mr. Hinchy, an Anglican Minister who moved from Nanton, Alberta to Galena Bay BC.  There were no roads built in this area until the 40s ( the area was served by paddle wheelers and so the car stayed in a barn until his death.  It then went to a friend of the family who stored it for 35 years, I acquired the car in the 1990s and restored the car it had many pieces missing including the rear axle (found in Montana) wheels (I made ) Tiller (I received from Vince Chimera) The serial number is 3721 and the engine type ( upper portion that is air cooled is an earlier type 1904)
Josh

Orient Buckboard #3721

Orient Buckboard #3721

Low-Priced Car from Waltham

The Automobile

March 3, 1910

Page#452

Low-Priced Car from Waltham

In the Metz Plan car, the lower limit of automobile price has been reached, this being sold in parts, so that one may buy and assemble at leisure. This plan also allows of buying at one’s financial convenience, and has many more advantages, some of which are well told by the makers, C. H. Metz, president of the Metz Company, Waltham, Mass. He says: “No argument will induce the man who longs for a palace and who has the means to acquire it, to put up with a modest cottage.

“The expense of maintaining our little car in comparison with the big tourist is in about the same proportion as the cost of dwelling in a cottage is to the luxury of living in a mansion.

“If it is a matter of how many miles per dollar for your automobile use and pleasure, we can figure as close as anyone in the business, and our statements can be substantiated. We do not pretend to tell you what you should purchase, but you owe it to yourself to ascertain which car will carry you the farthest with the least trouble and expense.”

Published in: on July 13, 2009 at 7:26 am  Leave a Comment  

1906 Orient Buckboard #3275

1906 Orient #3275

1906 Orient #3275

1906 Orient #3275

1906 Orient #3275

This 1 cylinder 1906 Orient Buckboard was donated to the Waltham Museum by Richard Foley and is on display inside the Waltham Museum. Selden Body #46981.

Published in: on July 13, 2009 at 6:11 am  Leave a Comment