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Simplex Open Touring Car
Simplex Open Touring Car
Resource Typeimage
TitleSimplex Open Touring Car
Coverage / Year1907 to 1913
DescriptionThe 1911 S & M Simplex Open Touring Car is a five-passenger convertible. The six-cylinder, water-cooled engine is located in the front. It has a four speed selective transmission and a double chain drive. The car has four whitewall rubber tires and one spare tire stored on the running board. It has a two-piece folding windshield and a collapsible canvas cover top. The seats are upholstered leather.
InterpretationThe S & M Simplex Automobile Company produced one of the most renowned cars in America during the years before World War I. The Simplex was both a touring and racing car. It was also a large luxury car enjoyed by an elite clientele. In this regard the Simplex is very similar to the more famous Duesenberg automobile (see Museum of Science and Industry record on Duesenberg). Both cars combined high-speed racing engines with luxury design. They were produced in limited quantities and extremely expensive to purchase.
Lesson Plans / ThemesHow we learn about communities; American communities in history;
Learning Standards16 History; 10-12 Science; 13 Science, Technology and Society; 15 Economics;
Author or CreatorS & M Simplex Automobile Company
SourceLewis, Albert L., and Walter Musciano. Automobiles of The World. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1977. Roberts, Peter. Collectorâ„¢s History of the Automobile. New York: Bonanza Books, 1978; Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Accession File #41.108.
Subject / KeywordsAutomobiles; Cars; Land Transportation; Transportation
Collection PublisherMuseum of Science and Industry, Chicago;
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See for more information about this project.
Rights Management Statement
Resource Identifier41.108
CONTENTdm file name68756181982002_SIMPLEX.jpg
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