2011 Waltham on Wheels (Vehicles built in Waltham)

The 3rd annual Waltham on Wheels will be on July 9th at the Waltham Museum. As this year is the 100th anniversary of the 1911 Metz Airplane Meet at the Gore Estate, there will be a slide show at 2 PM titled
“When the Flying Machines Came to Waltham”. Vehicle owners attending this years event with your vehicle please call the museum by July 5th at (781) 893-9020 and provide the model and year so we may plan for the placement of the vehicles. . http://www.walthammuseum.com

Metz Master Six

Metz Master Six Catalog

We are unaware of any remaining Metz Master Six cars. If you know of one please let us know. metzauto@gmail.com

Published in: on May 6, 2011 at 6:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Briefly Stated Facts Concerning This Year’s Glidden Tour, which was Won by the Metz 22.

American Medicine, Volume 19 1913

Briefly Stated Facts Concerning This Year’s
Glidden Tour, which was Won by the Metz 22.

The annual running of the Glidden Tour, under the auspices of the American Automobile Association, is looked upon in automobile circles as the classic road event of the season.

It is not a race, but a prolonged endurance contest, the object being to thoroughly test the reliability and stamina of the many competing cars.

This year’s tour was over a 1,300 mile route, from Minneapolis, Minn., to Glacier National Park, Montana. It started on July 11, and ended on the 19th of that month, thus covering eight days of travel over all kinds and conditions of roads, from the gumbo mud of Minnesota to the rocky hills of western Montana, piled up mile on mile by the ascent of this section of the Rocky Mountains.

The Tour was won by the Metz team of three regular stock cars. Many makes and prices of cars competed, including the pick of America’s best, but the Metz was the Only team that went through the entire eight days of the contest with a perfect score.

It was not “luck” or “team work” that enabled the Metz to establish this splendid record, but practical and solid construction. There were three regular Metz stock cars in the contest, and each and every one of these cars maintained a Perfect score, checking in at every control without additional allowance or time extension of any kind, throughout the entire eight days of the Tour.

On the final day of the contest the Metz cars were last to leave noon control, but they overtook all the cars ahead, and, when ten miles from the finish, caught the pacemaker and crowded him over the last mountain range, finishing with twenty minutes to spare.

The Metz cars were the Only cars in the contest that were equipped with gearless transmission. The gearless transmission of the Metz “22” entirely does away with gear troubles. Concisely stated it means—No clutch to slip, no gears to strip.

Metz price, $475.00, completely equipped.

Prices of other cars that competed in the Tour—from five to ten times as much.

The Metz is the lowest-priced four-cylinder automobile In the world, and It is a strictly high class, fully guaranteed car, roadster type, torpedo body, left-hand drive and center control.

Published in: on April 25, 2011 at 6:00 am  Leave a Comment  

Waltham on Wheels July 10th 25 Lexington St. Waltham, MA

Rain or shine the Metz gathering will happen at the Waltham Museum. If you have an interest in these automobile it is well worth the trip with or without your car. At 2PM, Al Arena will present a slide show and history lecture on the Metz,Orient and Waltham Automobiles. Several owners are planning to return again this year and depending on the weather display their cars.

Additional NEWS:
George Albright Metz Room at the Waltham Museum

When the new elevator instalation is completed, we hope to occupy part of the garage for our 8 Metz and Orient cars. The Metz Room when completed is sponsored by George Albright of Fla. who donated a 1905 Waltham Orient Deluxe automobile.
This is the only Waltham Deluxe automobile known to exist. When this room is completed and the automobiles installed we plan to hold a very special event because their will then be the worlds only Metz Auto Museum in the city where they began. Our our goal is winter of 2010. This will be an International attraction for Metz owners and historians around the world.

2nd Annual Metz/Waltham/Orient Gathering July 10th.

The 2nd annual Metz Auto and transportation gathering will take place at the Waltham Museum on Saturday July 10th from 9AM-3PM. All owners of Metz/Waltham/Orient transportation vehicles are welcome to join us to display their vehicles. Please call the museum at 781-893-9020 to reserve your space. Please provide your name, telephone number,year and model of the vehicle you plan to display by July 5th.

Look back in our web site archives to see the photos and video of last years event.

Join the Metz Vehicle Discussion Group

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Our moderated discussion group is the place to discuss the history and restoration of these vehicles.

Metz Brings out Three Delivery Cars

The Automobile

December 9, 1915

page #1051

The Metz Co., Waltham Mass., has placed on the market three types of delivery cars in addition to its roadster and touring car.  All are on a 25-hp, chassis , model A, having an express body selling for $475, with prest-o-lite tank and oil side and tail lamps. Model B is the same except that it has Gray & Davis starting and lighting and sells for $525. Models C and D correspond to models A and B, respectively, except that they have roll side curtains, model C listing a $525 and model D listing at $575 model E uses the Gray & Davis electric system and has a closed delivery type body. it sells for $600.

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Metz Car in 24-Hour Endurance Run

The Automobile

November 18, 1909

Metz Car in 24-Hour Endurance Run

Waltham, Mass., Nov. 13 – The makers of the Metz car, which is usually sold unassembled, the parts being put together by the purchaser, gave one of their machines a strenuous reliability test recently. The run was over a five – mile course in the vicinity of Waltham, of which Glenn Curtiss in his motorcycle days once said: “For a speed contest this course is about the limit; but for an endurance run it’s a dandy.”

The car started at 5:45 P.M. One hundred miles were completed at 10:24; 200 at 6:19 A. M.; 300 at 11:07; 400 at 2:56 P.M., and 460 at 5:34. The gasoline consumption was 13 gallons 1 quart, and the oil consumption 6 quarts 1 pint.

The car ran with great regularity, making round after round without a stop. The only incidents were a puncture and the removal of some cotton waste  which got into the inlet pipe.

Published in: on June 11, 2009 at 10:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

Video from the Waltham Transportation Lecture March 2009

Let’s go Metz: Museum celebrates Waltham family’s role in automotive history

Daily News Tribune
Posted Mar 29, 2009

His is a story that is often left out of the American automobile narrative.

One day in 1898 Waltham resident Charles Metz put a motor on the back of a bicycle and created both what some historians believe to be the first motorcycle and the Metz Automobile Company.

At the Waltham Museum yesterday antique car enthusiasts from near and far gathered to compare notes and stories of the Metz Automobile Company.

“This family was an exciting part of Waltham history, they changed the city” museum director Al Arena said to the group yesterday. “Everything was horses and wagons when they came in here, and it was all automobiles by the time they left.”

“People usually think of (Henry) Ford when they think of American cars,” Waltham native Howard Randall said. “But, really, New England was a hub for automobile manufacturing in the early 1900s. There’s a history here that needs to be told.”

Randall, who owns a seven-seater bicycle made by the Metz family in the 1890s, has been interested in Metz creations since childhood. Randall said his family would ride the bicycle down Moody Street in the Waltham Christmas Parade.

“That bike had only one handlebar for seven people, and the bike itself weighs 300-some-odd pounds,” he said. “My biggest nightmares came out of riding that bike and trying to steer without killing people.”

Arena opened yesterday’s event with a Metz family slide-show that explained the family’s transition from bikes to motorcycles to automobiles. Arena said the company hit its peak in 1914 when it was manufacturing 7.5 million cars a year(correction:7,500 cars a year) and was the largest automobile manufacturer east of Detroit.

In 1915 when the Lusitania, a British ocean liner, was sunk by a German U-boat, Arena said Metz sales dropped. Area attributed this decline to Americans not wanting to buy cars with German-sounding names and opted for Ford motorcars instead.

Those who collect Metz cars have formed a “grass roots support system” for tips on how to restore, rebuild and repaint cars with appropriate colors explained Eric Haartz of Concord.

Haartz is a second-generation antique car collector and said the first car he drove was a 1912 Metz Roadster “at the ripe old age of 12.”

Haartz’s Roadster is no longer running, but he hopes to have it ready for the July’s Historic Waltham Days celebration.

As part of this annual celebration, the Waltham Historical Society  (Correction: Waltham Museum not historical society) plans to show some restored Metz cars and bicycles on July 11 at the Gore Estate, which was the Metz family home from 1911 to 1922.

While most of the group assembled yesterday was from New England, Michael Patris, who works for the Mount Lowe Preservation Society in California, traveled from Los Angeles to attend the event.

Patris, who is a third-generation antique car collector, learned about Metz when he was researching the history of a railroad for a preservation project. Patris said that in the early 1900s, the Metz company drove one of their cars over the railroad tracks “to prove the car could go over anything. And it did.”

Patris said he then became obsessed with the company and bought two cars for the Mount Lowe Preservation Society, one of which is “100 percent original.”

Patris said he was happy to meet the people he’s been e-mailing with for years.

“It’s great to be able to put some faces to names,” he said. “We’ve got a small group of people with a common but rare passion. Now we can finally say we know each other and, of course, get some restoration tips.”

Arena, who helped organize yesterday’s event, said he was glad that so many people could come from so far away, and that he could share with them one of the treasures of Waltham.

Arena said the Waltham Museum on Lexington Street is home to the only 1905 Waltham Orient in existence. Though the car is worth up to a quarter of a million dollars, Arena said the museum would never sell it.

“It’s a part of history,” he said. “It’s a part of the city.”

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