1914 Simplex Model 50 Speedcar / A2-50-59 Chassis Information

1914 Simplex Model 50 photograph

1914 Simplex Model 50 photograph

1914 Simplex Model 50 photograph

1914 Simplex Model 50 photograph

1914 Simplex Model 50 photograph

1914 Simplex Model 50 photograph

1914 Simplex Model 50 photograph

1914 Simplex Model 50 photograph

1914 Simplex Model 50 photograph

1914 Simplex Model 50 photograph

1914 Simplex Model 50 photograph

1914 Simplex Model 50 photograph

1914 Simplex Model 50 photograph

1914 Simplex Model 50 photograph

1914 Simplex Model 50 photograph

1914 Simplex Model 501914 Simplex Model 501914 Simplex Model 501914 Simplex Model 501914 Simplex Model 501914 Simplex Model 501914 Simplex Model 501914 Simplex Model 501914 Simplex Model 501914 Simplex Model 501914 Simplex Model 501914 Simplex Model 501914 Simplex Model 501914 Simplex Model 501914 Simplex Model 50
Speedcar
Chassis #: A2-50-59
Sold for $885,000 at 2019 Bonhams : Amelia Island.
This 1914 Simplex 50HP Speedcar is a 'long-stroke' example. During the early 1940s, the car was acquired from H. Jewett Orth, Jr., of Frederick, Maryland, by Alec Ulmann. New York mechanic Charlie Stich and Smith Hempstone Oliver drove the car to Washington, D.C., after which Stich continued on with it to Ulmann's in New York City. Ulmann later sold the car to Colonel Ralph Earle of Haverford, Pennsylvania, from whom it was acquired by the early collector Richard C. Paine of Mount Desert Island, Maine.

Several East Coast collectors would own the car after Mr. Paine. One individual commissioned from restorer Temple Baldwin its present speed car body, built to a Holbrook design. It was then advertised for sale in Hemmings Motor News. Around the late 1990s, the car entered the care of Don C. Boulton.

The car is presently finished in a dark plum color with matching button-tufted leather interior and maroon wheels. There are dual rear-mounted spares secured with leather straps, an oval tank and two curved bucket seats. There are wrought Badger Brass Solarclypse headlamps, fed by a Prestolite acetylene tank. It has an original electric self-starting system which operates the nearly 600 cubic-inch engine. The engine is fed by an original Simplex carburetor. The 50 horsepower is sent to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual transmission and dual-chain final-drive.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2019


2019 Bonhams : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$600,000-$800,000 
Sale Price :
$885,000

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1914 sales)
1914 Simplex 50HP 'Speedcar'
Sold for $885,000
  2019 Bonhams : Amelia Island
1914 Simplex Model 50 image  1914 Simplex Model 50 image  

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