- Metz began in 1909 by making “kit” cars for home assembly that featured 14 separate packages of parts.
- By 1911, Metz manufactured complete cars.
- The complete cars retained the same two-seater bodies of the home-assembled models.
In 1893, Charles Henry Metz formed the Waltham Manufacturing Company in Massachusetts where he produced Orient bicycles. His company later became involved building motorcycles, buckboards and runabouts.
The Metz Company was formed in 1909 when Metz conceived the successful idea of selling “Metz Plan” cars in 14 separate packages of parts for home assembly. These “kit” cars were 12 hp, air-cooled, 2-cylinder roadsters with friction drive. “Metz Plan” cars continued until 1911 when the company began complete car manufacture. Production began at a rate of 3,000 vehicles a year, which soon grew to 10,000 a year. These new cars retained the friction drive and two-seater body of the earlier home-assembled models, but changed to 22 hp, water-cooled ,4-cylinder engines, as in this 1913 Metz Model 22. Metz Model 22 cars were offered until 1919 when a completely new car, the Metz Master Six, was introduced.
The firm was reorganized in 1922 as the Motor Manufacturers of Waltham, Inc., but production ceased that year and marked the end of what had been New England’s largest maker of cars. In all, some 40,000 to 45,000 Metz cars were made. Charles H. Metz went on to make ice-boxes and wooden items for home builders. The factory was purchased in 1927 by Perrine Quality Products Corporation, maker of storage batteries.