1903 Mercedes-Simplex 40 PS To Be Highlighted at Concours

Giancarlo Perlas August 7, 2017

300 SL Roadster und Mercedes-Simplex 40 PS in Pebble Beach

Once again, among the highlights of the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2017 are classic cars from famous automakers. A restored 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster (W198) will grace the event. Another is the ultra-rare 1903 Mercedes-Simplex 40 PS.

According to Daimler, the Mercedes-Simplex was the successor of the first-ever modern automobile made by Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG). The vehicle was produced from 1902 to 1905. The car was heavily based from the Mercedes 35 PS.

The Mercedes-Simplex 40 PS was powered by a four-cylinder inline engine. It has a displacement of 6,785 cc. The unit was capable of producing up to 40 hp–as its name implies. Then, its top speed is at 75 km/h.

The suffix “Simplex” was derived from the easier operation of the car compared to the Mercedes 35 PS. The auto was characterized by its long wheelbase; lighter, lower and more powerful engine; as well as its organically-integrated front radiator grille, which would become a basis of the brand’s future vehicles.

Like the Mercedes 35 PS, the Mercedes-Simplex 40 PS was immediately catapulted to fame due to its success in motorsports. In 1902, the unit driven by E.T. Stead won the Nice-L a Turbie hill climb. Later, during a mile race in 1903, Degrais reached a top speed of 103.4 km/h over a flying mile using the vehicle, which was above the limits of the car and a very impressive feat back then.

Those who wish to witness the Mercedes-Simplex in the flesh and in action should go to Pebble Beach on August 20, 2017 as early as 10:30 AM.

Check out some of the photos of the Mercedes-Simplex in the gallery below:

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Giancarlo Perlas

Giancarlo Perlas is an economist by profession with a career spanning nearly two decades. His professional journey has seen him assume vital roles in various government and private organizations, particularly in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors. Alongside his civic and corporate pursuits is his love for cars, particularly those made by Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, he found himself with like-minded individuals within BenzInsider. From then on, he used the platform as a way to share his passion with the automotive community. Follow his Facebook page at, X (formerly Twitter) @giancarloperlas, and IG @benzinsider. View all posts by Giancarlo Perlas →

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