1912 Simplex 50HP 5-Passenger



1912 Simplex 50HP  5-Passenger

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Vehicle specs

  • Body style

    Torpedo Tourer

  • Engine Type


  • Horsepower


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  • Exterior Color


Vehicle details

Notes and observations recorded by Hagerty staff.


RHD. 597/50 ALAM hp T-head four, 4-speed, double chain drive, electric starter, electric headlights and sidelights, dual rear-mounted spares, cape style top. Leather upholstery.


#3 Good

Runs and drives well. Flaws not noticeable to passersby. Most common condition.

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An epic automobile with low, streamlined coachwork originally bought by Harold Vanderbilt as a gift for sportswoman Eleonora Sears who owned it for 25 years. Later owned by GM chief engineer Charles Chayne who had it re-engineered by GM engineers including a balanced and blueprinted engine, developed suspension and steering and electric starter. After a period at the Larz Anderson Museum and the Collings Foundation it was owned and restored for Charles LeMaitre in the mid-naughts followed by Craig McCaw in 2013. Meticulously maintained by a succession of informed collectors and an outstanding car for tours and events. The older restoration is aging gracefully.

Market commentary

With an absolutely clear and well-defined history, quality GM engineering for Charles Chayne and consistent care of the highest quality, this is a magnificent Brass Era automobile that continues to give excellent service and satisfaction. At a time when many claim Brass Era buyers are getting thin in the market this Simplex was the most expensive car sold across the major Scottsdale auctions and blew up its pre-sale high estimate. A vehicle and transaction to celebrate.