This Maxwell dealer in CA put out an advertisement taking on Ford. I thought Eric Hylen might enjoy it. Eric and his Maxwell compatriots did well at the Antique Car Run (New London to New Brighton MN) last week:
"Perfectly Simple, Simply Perfect"
However, he was incorrect about Ford and 30 inch wheels. Both the 1907 R and 1908 S Roadster were equipped with 30 inch wheels.
I like the rivalry. In the early years, Ford and Maxwell were direct competitors in the lower priced car market. I feel that the Maxwell was ahead of the Ford cars of the '05-'08 era in many ways. They had many features that Ford later incorporated into the Model T, including three-point engine mounting, thermosiphon cooling and fully enclosed two-speed planetary transmissions. Let's not forget durable, steel bodies.
Ford won the sales race by marketing cars that ran just a little faster than their counterparts and by developing a better dealer support network than the world had ever seen. They grew so fast that other makes struggled to keep up.