Frank Cerutti

1909 Maxwell model LD body styles

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The Maxwell LD is the only model in the range of little 2 cylinder cars that has the steering connecting rod in front of the front axle.

 

The Maxwell LD also featured 2 distinct body styles, although this is not documented in factory information I have found. There are many surviving examples of both body styles. The bodies can be described as the long running board style and the short running board style.  With the long running board body, the rear fender follows the profile of the rear wheel and the long running board allows access to the area behind the regular seats. Some examples of the long running board body have a seat fitted atop a square box at the rear of the body. But this is not the only significant difference with this body. The long running board body is the same design from the cabin entry back, including seat frame and seat as the model A body, which was also introduced in 1909, and is very different from the early body design. The main differences being the later body doesn't have the semi-circular wood door in the seat riser and bucket seats. Both bodies from the firewall forward are identical with the Packard-style radiator and two-piece hood. So in the one year, 1909, in the one model, the LD, Maxwell produced 2 different bodies to meet buyers’ needs.

 

Was there a cut-off date between the 2 body styles? The limited information I have from serial numbers indicates the different bodies were produced on demand.

Does anyone have advertising material which shows the 2 body styles?

 

I would like to hear from anyone who has documentation about this Maxwell LD body question. Also, if you own a Maxwell LD, I would like to know the car serial number, like “LD-9024” and the body style, “short or long running board “ of your car, and if the body on your car is as I described it.

 

Would you please contact me through the forum.

 

Frank Cerutti
1909 Maxwell LD-9024
Townsville, Australia

 

 

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Frank,

I reply to this , only to see if you have run across information on bodies for 1908 model NC. The reason I ask is the preproduction literature shows the long running board, and my car is short running board. I know of no other NC.

Joe Goss

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Joe, that is one beautiful car. A 5" bore x 5" stroke Maxwell roadster is a car I desire.

 

Unfortunately I don't know anything about the N - DR - NC line and I have never seen one to know of the 2 body styles. But is is clear that the Zordich book did not include all the body variations offered by Maxwell. Besides the LD I described there are similarly 2 styles for the 1909 model A and 3 styles for the 1912 AC and AC Messenger.

 

Regards

 

Frank Cerutti

Maxwell 1909 LD-9024

Townsville, Australia

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The best part of the NC’s capabilities is due to the gear driven three speed progressive shift. You can really take off fast in this car and it shifts nicely. Top end though is really not that special.

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Thanks, Joe. The rear view is often neglected.

 

What I would appreciate more than a quick start and a modest overall speed is the intermediate gear to allow shifting down when climbing a hill. The 2 speed epicyclic transmission in our LD forces you into overload in top and overspeed in low.

 

Thanks for the chance to talk.

 

Frank Cerutti

Maxwell 1909 LD-9024

Townsville, Australia

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