New Zealand meeting in Cromwell 1910 Metz

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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.”

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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  

1903 Orient Buckboard #495B

This 1903 Orient on cylinder Buckboard was on display at the 2009 Waltham on Wheels. It was purchased in 1971 from the Princeton Automobile Museum in Massachusetts.

1903 Orient Buckboard #495B

1903 Orient Buckboard #495B

1903 Orient Buckboard #495B

1903 Orient Buckboard #495B

1903 Orient Buckboard #495B

1903 Orient Buckboard #495B

Published in: on July 13, 2009 at 12:09 am  Leave a Comment  

1915 Metz 25 Touring Car #36101

1915 Metz Touring #36101

1915 Metz Touring #36101

1915 Metz Touring #36101

1915 Metz Touring #36101

We recently acquired our Metz 25 after searching for some time.  Our last name is Metz (no relation) and we look forward to meeting other Metz owners and attending car shows. The car is mostly original paint and interior, top and had been in storage for some time. We will keep you updated.

Bill & Lynette Metz

Published in: on July 12, 2009 at 1:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

1907 Orient Buckboard #3464

This buckboard came from the headmaster to a school before 1955. About 1980,  I found the car in 55 gallon drums in the basement of a  barn. I placed the car in Storage until this year and have just started putting it together.

Reid Corning

1907 Orient #3464

1907 Orient #3464

1907 Orient #3464

1907 Orient #3464

1907 Orient #3464

1907 Orient #3464

Published in: on July 12, 2009 at 12:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

1904 Orient Buckboard #1494D

1904 Orient Buckboard #1494D

1904 Orient Buckboard #1494D

Collected parts in Connecticut. Given seat by local farmer.
Purchased front axle and springs-came from the same farm.

Gene & Joan Holzwarth

1904 Orient Buckboard #1494D

1904 Orient Buckboard #1494D

Published in: on July 10, 2009 at 8:34 am  Leave a Comment  

1907 Orient Buckboard #3424

1907 Orient Buckboard # 3424

1907 Orient Buckboard # 3424

1907 Orient Buckboard # 3424

1907 Orient Buckboard # 3424

Bought in Fall 1995 from Jim Austin who purchased it in Chelsea Vermont in 1966.

Gene & Joan Holzwarth

1907 Orient Buckboard # 3424

1907 Orient Buckboard # 3424

Published in: on July 10, 2009 at 8:24 am  Leave a Comment