Charles Herman Metz won the New York State High Wheel Bicycle Championship at the 1885 State Fair in Syracuse, joined the Union Cycle Manufacturing Company of Highlandville, MA, as a designer in 1899, and organized his own Waltham Manufacturing Company in 1893 for the production of Orient bicycles.
In 1898, Metz motorized a tandem Orient bicycle, acknowledged at the time to be America's first motorcycle.
In 1910 through 1911, Metz promoted the "Metz Plan," that provided for graduated payments on the part of the purchase to order "Parts Groups" as time and finances allowed. The "Plan" consisted of fourteen "Parts Groups" each priced at $25, which were assembled by the purchaser until the automobile was completed.
The Richard Paine Jr. Automobile Charitable Trust's 1911 Metz is an unrestored, original, Runabout. By 1911, the price of each "Parts Group" had risen to $27; still considered a "good deal" at the time.
In 1913 a three car Metz team won the Glidden Trophy with a perfect score.