You know by now that we like dusting off the pages of iconic cars from as far back as a whole century ago and beyond. This helps us to see what the men who dared to dream back in the days came up with as daylight broke and how that has influenced motoring as we know it today.
This is the Mercedes Benz Simplex, the car which, depending on the model you pick can be as old as 1902 or as “youthful” as 1909. This is the period when this car was produced.
Without heaping unnecessary praise on the Simplex, this is a car that gave us several elements of modern motoring, engineering, and structure. For instance, it is from this car that builders learned to put the radiator up front, just as came the spark plugs. It was also in the initial introduction stages of the sport luxury brands, having participated and won several races in its active lifetime.
With all these pioneering engineering, sophistication was expected. This one had two brake pedals(as if it was too hard to bring it to a halt). Again, for the gears to switch, you had to double-clutch it, much like you got in heavy trucks.
This was no doubt an inspirational luxury brand car in its heydays. However, it played another important role in twisting and challenging motor engineering at the time, thus contributing immensely to motoring as we largely know it today.