20th Oct, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 247

1911 Maxwell Model AB Runabout
No Reserve

Sold for £10,350

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: BF 7365
Chassis No: AB13623
MOT: Exempt

  • Entered from a private collection
  • Presents as an older restoration
  • Marketed as 'Simply Perfect, Perfectly Simple'

Founded in 1904 by Jonathan Maxwell and Benjamin Briscoe, the Maxwell-Briscoe Motor Company soon developed a reputation for the quality and durability of its products. Powered by flat twin-cylinder engines and bedecked with Runabout / Roadster coachwork, early Maxwell cars featured mechanically-operated inlet valves, thermo-siphon cooling and shaft drive. An eager participant in the American Automobile Association's legendary Glidden Tours held between 1905 and 1913, Maxwell was one of only three teams to complete the 1911 event with a perfect score (an impressive feat after 1,476 miles of time checks). Migrating from Tarrytown, New York to a purpose-built factory in New Castle, Indiana during 1907-8, Maxwell began to experiment with four-cylinder designs. Although, the twin-cylinder models which so neatly embodied the company's 'Simply Perfect, Perfectly Simple' motto remained a staple part of the range until 1912 (by which time the Messenger was listed at $625).

Finished in Blue over Black with Blue deep-buttoned upholstery, this particular right-hand drive example was imported by the vendor from Kansas during 2006. UK road registered as ‘BF 7365’ some nine years later, it has not run for some time and as such will require recommissioning / checking over prior to use. The headlamps lack lenses and the engine carries the same number as the chassis. More usable than many ‘Brass Era’ cars, two-cylinder Maxwells have a surprising turn of speed. Offered for sale with V5C Registration Document and sundry paperwork.


Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 20th Oct, 2022

An auction of classic & collector motorcars


Tuesday 18th October 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
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