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1912 Metz “22” Special Roadster
1912 Metz “22” Special Roadster

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1912 Metz “22” Special Roadster

Designer: C. H. Metz


Engine Number: 19975

Engine: 177 cid L-Head, 4-cyl.

1-barrel downdraught carburetor/22 bhp

Friction Drive with Chain-Drive final

Rear Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes


  • 104 Year Old Running Pioneer Car

  • Well Done Older Restoration

  • Simple Yet Reliable Mechanics


The Model: With a history dating to the 1880’s starting with the manufacturing of bicycles, Charles H. Metz’s company evolved into the world of the horseless carriage, and as happened with a number of founders, he was soon on the outside looking in. After a number of business errors, Metz took over the company he had founded and to help sell cars came up with a great scheme, by creating 14 different packages priced at $25 each, a customer could assemble his own car. This idea worked and the Metz Plan met with mild success. By 1912, the Metz could be purchased as a factory built-up car, or through the purchase the packages. Also that year, a new and improved 4-cylinder engine was released, one that basically copied the Ford Model T in displacement and horsepower rating.

The Car: This example of the basic Metz roadster was restored a number of years ago, and presents quite well. Finished in Vermillion Red, it features the brilliant brass radiator  with acetylene headlamps and a running board mounted fuel tank for the lights. Wood spoke wheels have been refinished in natural oak and are fitted with period correct Non-Skid tires. Metz offered the bare minimum in motoring with the wooden dashboard devoid of any gauges or other controls, save for a 1950’s era button to control a concealed bell. Seats are finished in black tufted leather with the fuel tank mounted on natural finished wood supports behind the occupants. It should be noted that the engine in this 1912 Metz appears to have been produced during the 1913 model year. An interesting part of the American Automobile’s history, this it is a 104 year old veteran of the road.

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