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Metz 22
The Metz Company
Waltham, MA

The Plan Car served its purpose by 1911 and that allowed C. H. Metz to assemble his own American Automobiles. For 1911 Metz turned out complete two passenger automobiles and marketed them exclusively through dealers. The automobile the Metz Company choose to build was called the Metz 22.

In the Metz 22 advertisement shown below a $1,000 cash reward was offered to the first person from anywhere in the United States who could show the Metz Co. any hill that the Metz 22 can not climb.

1912 Metz Model 22
1912 Metz Model 22

The new Metz 22 was equipped with a water cooled four cylinder engine rated at 22 1/2 horsepower, Bosch high tension magneto, Prest-O-Lite gas tank, left hand drive with center control and Goodyear clincher tires. Other features included windshield, extension top with cover slip, standard artillery wheels, five lamps, gas generator, horn, air pump and tools.

1911 Metz 22
1911 Metz 22
1912 Metz 22
1912 Metz 22
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A company called the Gearless Transmission Co. produced a direct drive friction transmission in Glen Falls, NY. This transmission could be adapted to any American Automobile. The Metz 22 and Metz 25 used this gearless transmission. Advertising claims included the fact that the Metz 22 was a Gearless Car with no clutch to slip and no gears to strip. A top speed of 50 MPH was possible with the Metz 22.

1913 Metz 22 Special
1913 Metz 22 Special
1914 Metz 22
1914 Metz 22
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The Metz 22 was unveiled in April 1911 for the 1912 model year. It was priced at $600.00 with electrical lighting and was very successful. Advertising claimed it was "Speedy, Stylish and Powerful". A $475.00 version was offered with gas lighting.

A Metz 22 Touring Car was offered in January 1913 followed by a $395.00 Special Roadster. In 1914 the Special Roadster was succeeded by a $500.00 speedster and a $475.00 Metz 22 Torpedo Roadster debut in June 1914. All were equipped with the 22 horsepower four cylinder engines.

1913 Metz 22 Special Delivery Runabout
1913 Metz 22 Special Delivery Roadster

A new addition to the 1913 Metz line up was the $400.00 Special Delivery Package Car. The Special was a Roadster with with a large parcel carrier behind the seat. This new model was equipped with the same 22 horsepower four cylinder engine as the other Metz 22 automobile. Advertising claims made - "This is the car that had to come, the public demanded it".

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