I remember seeing
the new cars in the showrooms just after World War II.
Most of our readers do not since their nostalgia is
for the 1960s or later cars of their youth. Still, there
is a solid core of longtime literature collectors who
concentrate on the classic car period of the late 1920s
and 1930s. But mention makes like Matheson and even
they usually draw a blank.
Well, all these collectors are missing out on the "Pablo
Picasso's" of the art world and the "Frank
Lloyd Wright's" of architecture. The Matheson is
just one of hundreds of examples of the forgotten great
cars of the distant past. Here is a car costing over
$5,000 when the average person was making $5 a day!
Just look at the photos of this catalog and imagine
driving a Matheson in 1911. I will bet it got more attention
then than a new Corvette would today and it was probably
more fun to drive, especially on those dirt roads.