Resplendent with its shining brass trimmings, and still capable of doing a good 15 miles per hour on a down grade, one of the first horseless carriages of Cambridge, a 1909 model Maxwell has returned after over a decade of honorable retirement to the scenes of its former glory.
The ancient vehicle, presented by the class of 1884 to President Lowell was discovered by a student of the University in a rural district of New Hampshire and brought back to Cambridge, where it was first displayed yesterday. A curiosity now, the small, two seated, carriage-like automobile, 17 years ago was the finest conveyance for miles around. The ravages of time have left unscathed the product of that dimly remembered time when the salesman could honestly say to his prospective buyer, "there's real stuff in that car."
In one respect only has the veteran vehicle been changed. In place of the fashionable figures of personified speed which adorn the radiator caps of modern automobiles, the new owner with a sense of the appropriate has chosen for his motif a large silver snail with a minature Rip Van Winkle astride his back.