I don't know anything about the car, but how do you suppose they stepped up or down to use those doors on the house (looks like a duplex)?
Good observation Henry.
My house had two front doors..
I was told that one of them went into the parlor, a seldom used room. It was kept separate unless there was a special occasion.
Henry, maybe the old boy at the side of the house moved the stoop around like the conductor on a train? If it was a duplex, only one privy is visible...hate to live there during "rush hour"!
I'm pretty sure it's a Metz, possibly a "Metz Plan Car."
It's not a cycle car.
Those are the front doors. Out in the country, nobody uses the front door. You come in through the back (or side) door which is usually the kitchen. Front doors are only for show so you can take your time adding a porch and front stoop. Might take a few years to pull the funds together for that.
Drifting O/T a bit here; when I was a kid, "basement houses" were what folks built. You lived in the finished basement for a few years, framed the house when you had the funds for the lumber and exterior. You still lived in the basement until you had the funds to finish the interior. Took about 6 - 10 years to complete the house but the bank didn't own any of it.
I agree with Eric, I think it is a Metz plan car. 1909-10, 2 cylinder air cooled ( no radiator cap In the picture) .......these were built by the subscriber, so lots of little variations are possible. It is not a later Metz factory built car.
Metz "Plan Car". 2 cylinder, air cooled. Some had wood wheels, some had wire wheels.
Wish I had one like that.
So there were plan cars and houses built on the same idea.
I would like to weigh in and make a statement about the picture and if or not the car is a cycle car. By definition of Roger Whitman, Motor-cycle Principles and the Light Car (circa 1920), it is a cycle car. From Whitman's description, the design of lightness that such vehicles have with distinctive parts make a cycle car, as well as those mechanisms of the Ford car, that differ from standard automobile practice. So the light Ford is a cycle car too.