Meet the Mercedes Simplex Concept - 118 years later
This new concept by Mercedes-Benz hails back to the original Simplex built in 1901.
Mercedes-Benz quietly introduced a new concept car which hails back to a revolutionary car first built in 1901. It's called the Vision Simplex concept and it is a work of art.
The story of the original Simplex began in 1901 when Daimler introduced the 35 PS. It was first unveiled in Nice during Race Week and it came with some ground-breaking features. The engine was mounted lower for a lower centre of gravity, and the car was wider and lighter than most cars of its time. The original engine, a 5.9 L 4-cylinder, made 35 hp.
Now Mercedes has decided to build a new concept car that could capture the essence of the legendary Simplex while also being modern and futuristic.
The Vision Simplex is a 2-seater open top car with no doors and no windscreen built on a monocoque frame. The front of the concept is white, while the back half is black, to match the design of the original vehicle. Several details are painted gold and there hundreds of mini 3-point stars on the wheels. In the cabin, we find a long and visibile steering column and switches of nautical inspiration, with azure blue upholstery and gold and white touches here and there.
The bad news is, Mercedes hasn't confirmed whether a production version of the Simplex will ever be made.