conceptcarz.com


1912 Simplex Model 38 / 1150 Vehicle Information

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 38 photograph

1912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 381912 Simplex Model 38
Sold for $198,000 at 2006 RM Auctions at Amelia Island.
Sold for $137,500 at 2011 RM Auctions - Hershey.
This 1912 Simplex 38 HP Double Roadster has a history that is not fully known. By the 1970s it was fitted with a 1924 Touring body. The new owner had Arthur Bergstrom of Illinois build the current body, a highly-correct reproduction of a Holbrook sporting double roadster. It was finished in red with black tufted leather seats and correct pinstriping. The engine is a 476 cubic-inch, T-head engine that offers 38/40 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual transmission and two-wheel mechanical drum brakes.

In 2011, this vehicle was offered for sale at the Hershey Auction presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $150,000 - $200,000. As bidding came to a close, the vehicle had been sold for the sum of $137,500 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2019
Sold for $198,000 at 2006 RM Auctions at Amelia Island.
Sold for $137,500 at 2011 RM Auctions - Hershey.

The Simplex

Simplex Model 38
One of the few autos ever built in New York City, the Simplex was among the most respected American marques in the pre-WWI period. Starting in 1907 with a T-head 50 hp four-cylinder short-stroke engine and chain drive, the Simplex quickly racked up an enviable record in racing and soon became a favorite among the well heeled in society and commerce alike. They were painstakingly handcrafted from the best materials of their time and built by highly skilled workers. The model range was expanded over the next few years with the development of the 38-hp cars an exceedingly small output of 75- and 90-hp cars.

Simplex Model 38Coachwork on the Simplex ranged from downright stark, in the form of its bucket-seated Speed Car, to highly elaborate landaulets and limousines. Custom bodies by venerable firms like Holbrook and Quimby were mounted on Simplex chassis from its very beginning, and this tradition was carried on when the firm evolved into making Crane models in 1915. These Crane-designed cars used an L-head six-cylinder engine of immense quality, had a chassis price of $5,000 and, as with the earlier cars, carried custom bodies from Brewster, Demarest, Healey & Co, McNear and Farnham & Nelson, as well as the aforementioned coachbuilders.

Simplex Model 38
The 38-HP Simplex
Built as a companion model for the 50, the 38 was in no way a 'cheaper' car than the 50-hp cars, with factory prices ranging from $4,850 to $5,800. The principal difference in the two models was the 38's shaft drive rather than twin chains, which likely came as a relief to the owner/driver or chauffeur of Model 50s who had the unenviable task of lubricating the chains by dunking them in buckets of beef tallow.


Simplex Model 38
While the 50 claimed most of the racing credits, the 38 was certainly no slouch in the performance department, particularly with open coachwork and a 476 cubic-inch engine. But when the Crane model began production at the relocated assembly plant in Bayonne, N.J., the 38, along with the 50, was slowly phased from production, marking the end of a line of cars that were the closest thing America had ever built to rival the almighty Mercedes.

This Car
With its professionally applied red paint and imposing appearance, it's plain to even the most casual observer that this is a very special motorcar. A sporty Holbrook-replica double-roadster body trimmed in black leather impresses the eye, and a run through the four forward speeds would impress the car's occupants.

Restored for both show and go, it has had an electrical starter and generator installed for long-distance touring events. It has successfully completed several Brass & Gas tours and F.A.R.T. (Friends of Ancient Road Transport) tours for brass-era cars.


The present owner acquired the car in the mid-1980s from a West Coast collector. At the time it carried a 1924-era touring body which was then removed, and Arthur Bergstrom of Illinois built the handsome and accurate Holbrook-replica body in its place. The engine and remained of the drivetrain were completely restored by the highly skilled professional restorer Jack Dietz. All this work resulted in the car being awarded a National AACA First Place and Senior First Place in 1991.

Source - Gooding & Company



2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Pacific Grove Auction

Lot was not sold

2016 Dragone : The Boston Cup Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $425,000-USD $475,000 
Lot was not sold

2011 RM Auctions - Hershey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $150,000-USD $200,000 
Sale Price :
USD $137,500

2006 RM Auctions at Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $250,000-USD $350,000 
Sale Price :
USD $198,000

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1912 sales)
1912 Simplex 38 HP Double Roadster
Chassis#: 1150
Sold for USD$137,500
  2011 RM Auctions - Hershey
1912 Simplex Model 38 image  1912 Simplex Model 38 image  
1912 Simplex 38 HP
Chassis#: 1150
Sold for USD$198,000
  2006 RM Auctions at Amelia Island
1912 Simplex Model 38 image  1912 Simplex Model 38 image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1912 Simplex Model 38's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1912 Simplex Model 38 Touring11502019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Pacific Grove Auction   
1912 Simplex Model 38 Holbrook Tourer11502016 Dragone : The Boston Cup Auction $425,000$475,000

Comparables

Similar sales to the $167,750 range.
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $167,750
2021 Mecum : Dallas
2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé
Chassis#:SCA2D68508UX16084
Sold for $168,000
2021 Worldwide Auctioneers : The 14th Annual Auburn Auction
1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
Chassis#:59E017880
Sold for $167,200
2021 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
1965 Jaguar E-Type Series I 4.2-Litre Roadster
Chassis#:1E11687
Sold for $168,000
2021 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours Auction
1969 Porsche 911 S
Chassis#:119300279
Sold for $168,000
2021 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1981 Toyota FJ45 Land Cruiser
Chassis#:FJ45-297029
Sold for $168,000
2021 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1974 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V-12 Roadster
Chassis#:UE 1S 25885 BW
Sold for $168,000
2021 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1964 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES I 3.8 ROADSTER
Chassis#:881576
Sold for $168,000
2021 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction
1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible
Sold for $167,750
2021 Mecum : Indy 2021
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
Sold for $167,200
2021 Mecum : Indy 2021
1965 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8
Chassis#:H-BJ8-L/30430
Sold for $168,000
2021 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
1912 Simplex Model 38 vehicle thumbnail image  1912 Simplex Model 38 vehicle thumbnail image  
1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#:VC56K063242
Sold for $169,400
2021 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
1974 BMW 2002 Turbo
Chassis#:4290089
Sold for $168,000
2021 RM Sothebys : Arizona
1987 Ferrari Testarossa Spider by Straman
Chassis#:ZFFSG17AXH0070983
Sold for $168,000
2021 RM Sothebys : Arizona
2016 Jeep Wrangler 6-Wheel Drive
Sold for $167,750
2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
1981 Audi quattro Group 4
Chassis#:WAUZZZ85ZBA900837
Sold for $168,358
2020 RM Sothebys : London Online
1961 Facel Vega HK500 Sport Coupe
Chassis#:HK1 CA1
Sold for $168,000
2020 RM Sothebys : The Elkhart Collection
1974 Alpine-Renault A110 1600 VD
Chassis#:A110-1600VD 20266
Sold for $168,000
2020 RM Sothebys : The Elkhart Collection
1919 Pierce-Arrow Series 31 Four-Passenger Roadster
Chassis#:311365
Sold for $168,000
2020 RM Sothebys : The Elkhart Collection
1912 Simplex Model 38 vehicle thumbnail image  
1960 Fiat-Abarth 750 GT 'Double Bubble' Zagato
Chassis#:100 598962
Sold for $168,000
2020 RM Sothebys : The Elkhart Collection


Vehicle information, history, And specifications from concept to production.
Follow ConceptCarz on Facebook Follow ConceptCarz on Twitter RSS News Feed

Conceptcarz.com
© 1998-2021 Conceptcarz.com Reproduction or reuse prohibited without written consent.