From its foundation in 1907, Simplex rose to prominence as one of
America's most prestigious automakers, pioneering the "supercar"
with their large, powerful automobiles reserved for an elite class
of motorist. Thundering T-head fours dominated the early years
until the arrival of the Model 5 in 1915, with its massive, 100+
horsepower, 563 cubic-inch L-head inline-six designed by Henry
Middlebrook Crane. This incredible and unique Model 5 was
originally owned by H.X. Baxter of California. During his nearly
20-year ownership, Baxter continually updated the styling to meet
contemporary trends, hiring Don Lee Coachworks for the task. He
retained the car through 1936, when it transferred to his
chauffeur, Mr. Douglas Gardner of La Puenta, CA. This Simplex has
remained astonishingly well-preserved via a series of attentive
owners, and presents with a marvelous patina that cannot be
replicated. The mighty Crane six dominates the engine bay, and was
reportedly treated to a cost-no-object rebuild within the last
decade. This is rare opportunity to add one of the most desirable
American high performance motorcars to your collection. This
vehicle just arrived. A complete description is coming soon. Please
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1916 Simplex Crane Model 5
Location:Saint Louis, Missouri
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