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1912 Simplex Model 50

1912 Simplex Model 50 1912 Simplex Model 50 1912 Simplex Model 50 In 1907, the assets of Smith and Mabley, Inc., the original producers of the Simplex, were purchased by Herman Broesel Sr. At that time the 50 HP car was just coming out of development and would soon be ready for production. For several years the Fifty, as it was called, was the model that would make Simplex famous and the most popular seller. This Fifty has the quintessential Toy Tonneau body by Holbrook and the optional wire wheels, which were installed in about 1913. The Simplex factory was in New York and although it was most popular in the northeast, this car was sold new in Los Angeles.
1912 Simplex Model 50 1912 Simplex Model 50 1912 Simplex Model 50 Simplex drivers were among the most affluent members of American society and always sought out the latest body designs. In 1912 front doors on touring cars were becoming fashionable, and this Fifty, bodied by Quinby, shows this 'Protected' design at its sportiest. This car was originally purchased by the Vanderbilt family, which typified Simplex's wealthy clientele. Later it was acquired by the great tennis player and athlete Eleonora Sears, who was also famous for being one of the first women to drive an automobile and fly a plane. This car was restored by Charles Chayne, early noted collector and former Vice President of Corporate Engineering for General Motors; it shared a garage with his Bugatti Royale.
1912 Simplex Model 50 1912 Simplex Model 50 1912 Simplex Model 50 William P. Snyder II of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, was a keen admirer of the sporty new Simplex. He ordered this 50 HP Simplex with a Speedcar body and greatly enjoyed its power and speed, but after the car was damaged in an accident it was re-bodied by Quinby in 1912 with the Toy Tonneau coachwork it wears today. Simplex featured prominently in Mr. Snyder's life as he met his wife to be on the Long Island Ferry while they were both driving Simplexes - and they drove this very car on their honeymoon. It has been kept in the Snyder family ever since and in fact it is the only Simplex in the world that has never been sold.
1912 Simplex Model 50 1912 Simplex Model 50 1912 Simplex Model 50 The origins of Simplex go back to the turn of the 20th century when Albert Smith and Carleton Mabley began manufacturing cars under the name S & M Simplex. After several years and with a new owner, Simplex began producing the Type 50, which became its most popular model.

This Toy Tonneau built by J.M. Quinby of New York has a 50 horsepower, 10-liter, 4-cylinder engine and was one of the most expensive motorcars of the Brass Era. It was bought new by Hal Roach, who produced the Laurel and Hardy films. After the war, Lindley Bothwell purchased it, removed much of the bodywork and entered it in vintage races. As such, it was one of the first cars shown during the Pebble Beach Road Races in the early 1950s. Its current owner has returned the Simplex to its original specifications (with a new body), and returned to the Pebble Beach Concours 65 years later, in 2015.

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$495-$5,400
1912 Model 50
$6,400-$9,000
1912 Simplex Model 50 Price Range: $5,400 - $6,400

Other 1912 Simplex Models
$4,850 - $5,800

Model 50

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
124.00 in., 129.00 in.
4 cyl., 610.00 CID., 55.00hp
$5,500 - $5,500
124.00 in., 129.00 in.
4 cyl., 600.00 CID., 50.00hp
$4,450 - $4,450
124.00 in., 129.00 in.
4 cyl., 597.00 CID., 60.00hp
$4,500 - $4,500
124.00 in., 129.00 in., 137.00 in.
4 cyl., 671.00 CID., 50.00hp
$5,400 - $6,400
124.00 in., 129.00 in., 137.00 in.
4 cyl., 600.00 CID., 50.00hp
$5,700 - $6,400
137.00 in.
4 cyl., 38.00hp
$4,500 - $5,500

Industry Production

#1#2#3Simplex
1917Ford (622,351)Willys Knight (130,988)Buick (115,267)116
1916Ford (734,811)Willys Knight (140,111)Buick (124,834)121
1915Ford (501,492)Willys Knight (91,904)Dodge (45,000)223
1914Ford (308,162)Overland (48,461)Studebaker (35,374)250
1913Ford (168,220)Overland (37,422)Studebaker (31,994)200
1912Ford (78,440)Overland (28,572)Buick (19,812)200
1911Ford (69,762)Overland (18,745)Maxwell (16,000)150
1910Ford (32,053)Buick (30,525)Overland (15,598)123
1909Ford (17,771)Buick (14,606)Maxwell (9,460)100
1908Ford (10,202)Buick (8,820)Studebaker (8,132)178
1907Ford (14,887)Buick (4,641)Maxwell (3,785)93

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