Seal Cove Auto Museum, Antique Autos and Motorcycles from the Brass Era, Mount Desert Island, Maine
1909 Maxwell
  • Manufacturer: Maxwell-Briscoe Co., Tarrytown, New York
  • Model: A
  • Body Style: Runabout
  • Cost new: $600
  • Engine: 10 horsepower horizontal opposed 2-cylinder motor, with a 2-speed planetary transmission and reverse.

Maxwell’s creative sales manager featured the automobile driving up steps of buildings, racing horses – even teeter boarding – to show it could go where no horse, or man on foot, could go. It made the vehicle a hit on the nickelodeon as well as in silent movies which helped sell a lot of Maxwells.