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Simplex Crane Model 5 Raceabout Speedster 1916 For Sale

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Price As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Crane-Simplex
  Model 5
Year 1916
Country Netherlands
Region International
Status Trade
  18-Feb-2021
Ref C1311485
564ci L-Head Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Updraft Carburetor
110bhp at 2,900rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Semi-elliptic Leaf Spring Suspension with Tubular Dampers
Double Acting Mechanical Brake on Rear Wheels


Very impressive and powerfull car
One of a few build and survived.
Beautiful big engine , 6 cyl 9600cc
Nice dashboard with original instruments
Electric starter , battery ignition for starting and magneto for running
Restored some years ago to a very high level
4 Speed gearbox plus reverse.
I drove this car around and it’s easy to handle at 75-80 km/h


These remarkable automobiles represent not only some of the finest statements of luxury of their day, but the car's impressive proportions would not be possible without the underpinning of a substantial mechanical aspect. The origins of these mechanics belong with the Simplex Automobile Company and with Henry Middlebrook Crane. Crane graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1896, with degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering. His Crane and Whitman Company of Bayonne, New Jersey (est.1906), evolved into the Crane Motor Car Company by 1910. Around this time, the Simplex Automobile Company acquired his business. Simplex, a name inextricably linked to one of the finest of all early cars, the Daimler-built Mercedes Simplex, had made its market as a consequence of the punitive tax that had been placed on imported automobiles. In this era, six-cylinderism was all the rage. Led by Rolls-Royce with their famed Silver Ghost, and with others such as Napier and Delaunay-Belleville in the running, the fashion seemed to be moving toward a powerful, but quieter, less intimidating, and more refined motorcar. The new owners of Simplex clearly felt the need for a six-cylinder engine, which Henry Crane could provide. His services were included in the transaction, and, rather quickly, the Simplex Crane Model 5 was introduced, with Crane's refined 564 cubic inch six-cylinder engine in a 144-inch wheelbase chassis. It is frequently said that there is "no substitute for power." Naturally, the magnificent Model 5 had it in abundance—and that allowed the coachbuilders to build imposing bodies that befitted the chassis
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