American Mercedes Co. Inc.
218-224 EAST 54TH STREET, NEW YORK
WILLIAM LUTTGEN, Service Manager
July 27th, 1925
Mr. Charles Z. Klauder,
400, Gowen Avenue,
Dear Mr. Klauder:
We just received a cable answer from the factory, according to which we can make you the following proposition:
To furnish a complete new 4-cylinder Model 1914
Grand Prix racing motor, to take the place of your old one.
Price, FOB New York $2,600.00
Plus 2-1/2% Govt. Tax.
From the wording of the factory's cablegram we gather that they would prefer to sell the complete motor, rather than only the main parts thereof. Should you insist on purchasing the required parts only, such as complete crankcase, crankshaft, set of bearings, connecting rods and pistons, we assume that the factory would ask just as much for these parts as for the complete engine. Besides you would save a substantial amount for fitting the new and old motor parts together and keeping the remaining parts for spares.
The price mentioned above is practically cost price to this company. In making this special offer we are considering the fact that this car, if satisfactorily operated by you and your son, is bound to create renewed attraction in the Mercedes wherever it is seen. We would therefore strongly advise you to accept this most favorable proposition, in which case kindly send us your order, together with your check for one half of said price, $1,300.00, as customary with a special order of this kind.
Awaiting your further instructions and thanking you for past favors, we beg to remain
Very truly yours,
AMERICAN MERCEDES CO., INC. WM. LUTTGEN, Service Manager.