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Charles Metz


Charles Metz organized the Waltham Manufacturing Company to build bicycles. He was later associated with the Orient Oil Bicycle and the Orient Buckboard companies. In 1909 Metz purchased the Waltham factory, and began to manufacture the low priced Metz “22”. A team of three of his cars won the 1913 Glidden Tour with a perfect score. Throughout his association with the auto industry, Metz championed the movement toward smaller, lower-priced cars, at one time going so far as to devise a plan for shipping component parts to dealers for assembly. His company was dissolved in 1922, at which time Mr. Metz retired from the industry.

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