The Mercedes Simplex 40 hp – the first Mercedes als model car. This scale 1:43 model, manufactured in diecast metal, is painted in the genuine colours of the original and is fitted with finely crafted white wheels. The compelling interior features a high-quality printed dashboard and instruments. Elegant details such as the drive chain, the two spare tyres, the headlamps and the wings make this model a particularly desirable collector’s item.

Wilhelm Maybach began developing the improved successors to the first Mercedes model generation in autumn 1901. The new models featured slightly larger-volume, more powerful engines plus a series of detailed improvements designed to make them easier to operate. They were given the name Mercedes-Simplex to reflect the simplified handling. The model is positioned on a printed base and supplied in a presentation box. Order number: B6 604 0008.

The 1902 model range included models with 20, 28 and 40 hp. The Mercedes-Simplex 40 hp which, like the 28 hp variant, made its first appearance in March 1902, dominated the Nice Week races in April 1902, just as the first Mercedes had the previous year. E.T. Stead won the mountain race between Nice and La Turbie with an increased average speed of 55.2 km/h. Mercedes-Simplex was the name on everyone’s lips and even drew comments from no less than Kaiser Wilhelm II. At the Motor Show in Berlin in March 1903 he praised what he recognised as a truly beautiful engine but commented jokingly to Wilhelm Maybach that it wasn’t quite as simple as the name implied. In March 1902 one of the first Mercedes-Simplex 40 hp models was purchased by the American billionaire William K. Vanderbilt jr., who already owned a Mercedes 35 hp. In May the undertook a record attempt on the road from Ablis to Chartres in the new top Mercedes model. He achieved a speed of 111.8 km/h. Vanderbilt’s car has been in the possession of the Mercedes-Benz Museum for almost 100 years now and is the oldest surviving Mercedes.

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