1909 Maxwell

This lovely little Maxwell Model A from 1909 is a great example of the creativity and competence of its designer, Jonathan Maxwell, who had worked at Olds and Northern when he was discovered by Detroit sheet metal magnate Ben Briscoe. Briscoe put Maxwell and his eponymous automobile marque at the center of Briscoe's ambitious plans. As it turned out, the Maxwell automobile had more staying power than Briscoe's US Motor Company. Acquired from a Dr. Lothrop in Cape Elizabeth, Maine on October 22, 1951 by the Stone Mountain Museum in Georgia for the princely sum of $650, this 10hp opposed two-cylinder Model A Maxwell is typical of automobiles quickly adopted by doctors to assist in their rounds in the early part of the last century. It was restored some years ago for the Museum and features in addition to its 2-speed planetary transmission, rear wheel and driveshaft brakes and righthand wheel steering an abundance of brass bright work including acetylene headlights, kerosene sidelights, horn, radiator shell and steering wheel spokes. The age of its restoration and subsequent use in events have given it a charming and genuine patina that complements its design and age. Liveried in Red with Black upholstery and top, it is a wonderful old automobile that recalls the glorious period at the beginning of the last century when automobile entrepreneurship was nearly as common as lawn mowing services are today, and had comparable capital requirements.

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