Lot 2127

Description:

1923 Maxwell 25 Series 5-seater tourer
Reg. no. BF 4416
Chassis no. 441680
Engine no. C4903554
First manufactured in 1903, the Maxwell is all but forgotten now, but in 1909 Maxwell was one of the four largest American manufacturers. However excessive investment in new model development, followed by recession, resulted in a change in ownership and a change of focus for the Company which then focused on value for money, based around robust, simple 4-cylinder engines. In 1917, the Company manufactured over 100,000 vehicles and was one of the \'big three\', alongside Ford and Buick. This excellent and exceptionally rare RHD example was imported from New Zealand in 2006, following a comprehensive nut and bolt restoration, carried out at vast cost and which included the fitting of a new ash frame, a full chassis and body restoration, an upholstery retrim, a mechanical overhaul, the replacement of the wheels and of all weather equipment. Whilst invoices for this work are not available, photographs of elements of the restoration are on file and the quality of the workmanship and attention to detail is self evident upon inspection.
Since March 2009, further improvements include conversion of the electrics to 12v, the fitting of new half shafts, the radiator has been recored and the king pins and bushes have been replaced. In addition the top end of the engine has been overhauled and the carpets have been replaced. Invoices covering the UK work total around £4,800. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a very elegant and desirable motor car at a tiny fraction of the restoration costs. In the past five years only 10 miles have been covered so gentle recommissioning will be required; this car is offered with a V5c.

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£19,000 - 21,000

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