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The Metz Company
Waltham, MA

Several months into the 1915 model year, the Metz Model 22 gave way to the new Metz Model 25. The Metz 25 was equipped with a 3 1/4 inch bore x 4 inch stroke four cylinder engine that developed 25 horsepower. A single chain drive was used instead of the double roller chain drive used on the Metz 22 horsepower automobiles.

Priced at $600.00 the Roadster and Touring Car body styles were available with a 105 inch wheelbase. The price included a Gray and Davin electric starter and lights, one man top, 32 inch artillery wheels, 3 1/2 inch Goodrich clincher tires, horn speedometer, gas gauge and tool box.

1916 Metz Model 25 Roadster
1916 Metz Model 25 Roadster

The Metz 25 was furnish with a fiber grip transmission that was operated by a single lever providing seven speeds forward and reverse. By movement of the lever the Friction drive or Gearless Transmission the Metz 25 could be moved forward at a slow pace or up to 40 MPH.

1916 Metz 25
1916 Metz 25
1916 Metz
1916 Metz 25
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In the two 1916 Metz 25 advertisements above - claims made included "The Quality Car - Just for Two" - "It Is Delightfully Pleasing and Graceful In Design Elegantly Finished Inside and Out" and "$600.00 Completely equipped Including Electric Starter and Electric Lights".

1916 Metz 25 Touring Car and Roadster
1916 Metz 25 Touring Car and Roadster

Metz production figures in 1915 were 7,200 units, including exports over seas. In fact the Metz 25 Touring Car was the best selling American Automobile outside the United states. As mentioned above the cost of 1915 and 1916 Metz 25 automobiles was only $600.00. However, in 1917 the cost of a Metz was $55.00 less. Although the price cut was short lived due to refinements and improvement late in 1917.

Metz 25 Touring Cars
The Metz 25 Touring Cars

1917 Metz
1917 Metz Touring Car Top Up

1917 Metz Touring Car
1917 Metz Touring Car

No Metz automobiles were manufactured in 1918 due to World War I. During the war the U.S. Government took over the plant to make airplane parts. After World War I styles had changed but the Government never paid The Metz Company enough to retool. Some plants were sold to raise money for the next generation of Metz cars, the Metz Master Six.

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