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Lot 189

1910 Maxwell Model Q Runabout

  • Chassis no. 3538
  • Engine no. 3538

Sold for $30,250


22 hp, 176.7 cu. in. four-cylinder engine with cylinders cast in pairs, two-speed planetary transmission with shaft drive, half-elliptic front and three-quarter-elliptic rear leaf-spring suspension, and rear-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 93 in.

  • Offered to benefit the AACA Museum
  • One of America’s most successful early marques
  • Desirable roadster configuration


In 1903, Benjamin Briscoe, with two-thirds of the needed $150,000 coming from associate J.P. Morgan, decided to build the two-cylinder car created by Jonathan Maxwell. Ten were built in 1904, with the number rising to an additional 823 in 1905. In 1906, the Maxwell won a car of choice survey conducted in the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Maxwell promptly added a “doctor’s model” based on the specifications requested by physicians making house calls.

Maxwell’s continued popularity resulted in sales reaching approximately 20,500 units and a remarkable third place industry ranking in 1910, behind Ford and Buick. Despite their relatively modest power output, Maxwell automobiles performed remarkably well in the prestigious Glidden Tours and even captured a class win at Mount Washington. The capabilities of Maxwell automobiles were captured on film and shown at nickelodeons to the delight of many, with the cars being involved in such outlandish stunts as teeterboard riding, police chases, and driving up the steps of large buildings.

This 1910 Maxwell had been kept in the same family for generations, until it was donated to the AACA Museum in 2003. The vehicle had been restored quite some time ago, but it still looks very presentable in its jaunty red with black diamond-pleated leather upholstery. The lacquer paint on the fenders shows some cracking from age, but it continues to shine. The brass radiator shell and the Edmund & Jones Detroit model 577 headlamps present nicely. The seat upholstery is very nice and only presents a few imperfections, as would be expected from age.

As this vehicle has been part of a museum collection, the purchaser is advised that it will require some degree of mechanical recommissioning before being placed into routine service. To help facilitate the future servicing of this Maxwell, it is accompanied by a 1909 instruction book and a 1911 catalogue.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more