Metz Plan Car (1908 - 1911)

As indicated on the Company History - Metz Car page, the Plan Car was offered only in kit form initially. It continued to be offered in kit form through 1910. It was also offered in company-assembled form in 1910 and only in factory-assembled form in 1911. The 14 groups of parts sent to the customer to build a Plan Car were:

  • Group #1 - Frame reaches, cross members, bolts, nuts, all tools
  • Group #2 - Springs, axles
  • Group #3 - Hood, front radiator screen
  • Group #4 - Body, floor, dash enclosure
  • Group #5 - Seat, chest in rear
  • Group #6 - Control levers, fenders, running boards, paint, finishing materials, brushes
  • Group #7 - Hubs, wheels
  • Group #8 - Tires
  • Group #9 - Counter shaft, friction disc, sprockets, chains, bearings
  • Group #10 - Propeller shaft, friction plate, bracket, bearings, flywheel
  • Group #11 - Steering gear and connections
  • Group #12 - Motor
  • Group #13 - Magneto, gear cover, timing gears
  • Group #14 - Gas tank, carburetor, exhaust pipe, muffler, lamps, horn, starting handle
  • Note that the monatary value of each of the groups of parts is obviously not equal even though the cost to the customer of each group was the same - $25. The most expensive things were in the last few groups. This gave Metz additional money up front to help him in the development of the later groups of parts. The picture shown is a drawing from a plan car sales brochure and fails to show the gas tank which is oval and mounted behind the seat.


    Serial Numbers:
  • 1909: 3000 - 3500*
  • 1910: 3501* - 6000*
  • 1911: 6001* - 9000*
  • * - Approximate numbers
  • Specifications:
  • Cylinders: 2
  • Horsepower: 10
  • Bore and Stroke: 1909 - 3.25x3.25.....1910 & 1911 - 3.5x3.25
  • Tire Size: 1909 & 1910 - 28x2.5.....1911 - 28x3
  • Wheel type: 1909 - Wire.....1910 & 1911 - Artillery
  • Wheel Base: 81"
  • Tread: 48" or 56" (By reversing wheels on axle)
  • Drive: Friction
  • Final Drive Chains: 2
  • Body Style: Runabout
  • Color (Body and Wheels): 1909 - Grey Prime.....1910 - French Grey.....1911 - Metz Grey
  • Upholstry: Leather
  • Weight: 1909 - 450.....1910 - 625/650.....1911 - 750
  • Price: 1909 - $300/$350.....1910 - $378/$475*.....1911 - $485* (* - Factory Assembled)
  • Options: 1909 - Artillery wheels.....1910 & 1911 - Wire wheels, Red color, 30x3 Tires
  • Metz did make a few Special Delivery cars in the 1911 model year. For this vehicle, the rear toolbox was replaced with a horizontal barrel that had a top opening lid as shown in the following picture. Note that the oval gas tank is shown in this picture. The capacity was given as 500 lbs or 5 bushels. The specifications are the same as the roadster, but the price was $500.