Sunday, September 1, 2013

2013 Concours d'Elegance: Class B - Simplex

 Simplex cars were made in the 1900s and 1910s.  A total of about 1600 were made and less than fifty survive today.

 1911 Simplex 50 HP Holbrook Toy Tonneau
 1912 Simplex Holbrook Toy Tonneau.

In the 1940s, this car changed hands and was being transported from Idaho to Venice Beach, CA onboard a World War I Liberty truck.  The Grapevine into the LA basin proved too much for the Liberty which became stranded on the side of the road.  The new owner of the Simplex simply unloaded his rare antique,  moved it around front, and towed the Liberty to Venice Beach.
 1912 Simplex 50 HP Quinby 5 Passenger Protected Touring
 1914 Simplex 50 HP Holbrook 7 Passenger Touring
 1913 Simplex 38 HP Holbrook 5 Passenger Torpedo Phaeton
 1913 Simplex 38 HP Holbrook 5 Passenger Torpedo Phaeton
 1912 Simplex 50 HP Quinby 5 Passenger Toy Tonneau

This car has been in the family of William P. Snyder II since new - it is the only Simplex to never have changed hands.

Mr. Snyder and his wife drove this car on their honeymoon.
 1909 Simplex 90 HP Holbrook Double Roadster
 1913 Simplex 75 HP Speedster
 1913 Simplex 75 HP Speedster

2013 Concours d'Elegance Simplex Class photos from other sources can be found here.

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