1914 Simplex Model 50

The Simplex name lasted for a dozen years and during that time it would be associated with several owners. Within a short period of time, it would achieve a reputation for combining power and fashion. Their vehicles were in high demand and built-in limited quantity.

Carleton Raymond Mabley and his brother-in-law Albert Proctor Smith founded Smith and Mabley Manufacturing Co. for the purpose of importing European cars for sale in America. In 1904, they built their first car which was called the S&M Simplex. This had been down as a means of side-stepping import duties and was constructed with many parts imported from Mercedes. The early years of the automobile industry were very difficult and competitive, and by 1906 the company was bankrupt. The following year, the company's assets were absorbed into the Simplex Automobile Co. Herman Broesel purchased the company and infused his passion for auto racing into the Simplex automobile. At the start of the first Indianapolis 500 race in 1911, three Simplex cars were apart of the 40-car starting field. Two of them finished in the top ten (sixth and eighth place).

Broesel's untimely death in 1912 led to the company's demise.

In 1915, the Crane Motor Car Company had been founded by Henry Middleton Crane. The Crane Company Bayonne, New Jersey, acquired Simplex and it became the Crane-Simplex. Five years later, in 1920, the Crane-Simplex Company was acquired by the Mercer Automobile Company. In 1922, ownership passed to Henry Crane.

During its short existence, the Simplex was one of the most potent and beautiful American luxury cars of the Brass Era. They were one of the United States automobiles designed and built for fast highway travel. The legendary 50HP model could achieve speeds of 75 mph, thanks to its T-head four-cylinder engine which employed internal timing gears, a large crankshaft with on ball bearing in front and two babbit bearings aft, and pressurized lubrication. A new engine design with a longer stroke was adopted after 1913.


by Daniel Vaughan | May 2019

1914 Vehicle Profiles

1914 Simplex Model 50 vehicle information

Touring
Coachwork: Holbrook

Chassis Num: 1491

The history of the Simplex is deeply rooted in the intersection of American and European innovation. The Simplex name was associated with several owners in its short 12 year run, but in that time Simplex vehicles came to represent the best combinatio....[continue reading]

1914 Simplex Model 50 vehicle information

Cloverleaf Tourer

The Simplex Automobile Co. was formed in 1904 in New York City, NY, and began with the production of about 120 S & M Simplex automobiles before Smith & Mabley (S&M) went out of business in 1907. It was taken over by textile importer Herman Broesel wh....[continue reading]

1914 Simplex Model 50 vehicle information

Speedcar

Chassis Num: A2-50-59

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 Was....[continue reading]

1914 Simplex Model 50 vehicle information

Touring
Coachwork: Holbrook

Simplex was one of the most potent and beautiful American luxury cars of the Brass Era. They were built for high-speed highway travel. The 50 horsepower model could achieve speeds of 75 miles per hour. Simplex produced cars for twelve years during wh....[continue reading]

Touring by Holbrook
Chassis #: 1491 
Cloverleaf Tourer
 
Speedcar
Chassis #: A2-50-59 
Touring by Holbrook
 

Recent Vehicle Additions

Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$200-$4,500
1914 Model 50
$5,500-$7,200
1914 Simplex Model 50 Price Range: $4,500 - $5,500

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Simplex
1919Ford (820,445)Chevrolet (129,118)Buick (119,310)
1918Ford (435,898)Buick (126,222)Willys Knight (88,753)61
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

Related Automotive News

The Brumos Collection

The Brumos Collection

The Brumos Collection, located at 5159 San Pablo Road South, recently opened its doors to the public, with viewings on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3p.m (and one Saturday a month)....
Fearsome and Solidly Original 1971 Hemi Challenger a Feature at Russo and Steele's Scottsdale Auction Event

Fearsome and Solidly Original 1971 Hemi Challenger a Feature at Russo and Steele's Scottsdale Auction Event

Scottsdale, Arizona (January 3rd, 2017) – The Chrysler E-bodies might have been the last to enter Detroits pony car game. Though critics argue that the best were saved for last with these cars,...
AUCTIONS AMERICA KICKS OFF ITS 2016 SEASON WITH $20 MILLION IN SALES AND 40 PERCENT NEW BIDDERS AT FORT LAUDERDALE

AUCTIONS AMERICA KICKS OFF ITS 2016 SEASON WITH $20 MILLION IN SALES AND 40 PERCENT NEW BIDDERS AT FORT LAUDERDALE

Auctions Americas 14th annual Fort Lauderdale collector car auction generates %2420 million in sales Diverse top-sellers list led by 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB4 Daytona at %24649,000 Rare American muscl...
FROM SHELBYS TO SUPERCARS, RM SOTHEBY'S ARIZONA SALE OFFERS ICONIC COLLECTOR CARS OF EVERY ERA

FROM SHELBYS TO SUPERCARS, RM SOTHEBY'S ARIZONA SALE OFFERS ICONIC COLLECTOR CARS OF EVERY ERA

Pure adrenaline 1965 Shelby 427 Competition Cobra, 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Dragonsnake, and 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra lead recent entries for RM Sothebys Arizona Biltmore sale, January 28-29 Auction...
Techno Classica 2014: more than 30 racing cars to celebrate 120 years of Mercedes-Benz motor racing history

Techno Classica 2014: more than 30 racing cars to celebrate 120 years of Mercedes-Benz motor racing history

Cars that were the heroes of magical moments put their stamp on this high-powered, most comprehensive show presentation With more than 30 vehicles, Mercedes-Benz Classic presents motor racing histor...

Simplex Models

© 1998-2020. All rights reserved. The material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


Vehicle information, history, and specifications from concept to production.

Follow ConceptCarz on Facebook Follow ConceptCarz on Twitter RSS News Feed

Conceptcarz.com
© 1998-2020 Conceptcarz.com Reproduction or reuse prohibited without written consent.