Keywords:1916 Simplex Crane Model 5 Touring, C.R. Kimball, Glenn Franco Simmons, Los Angeles Car Museum, Simplex Automobile Co. Inc., Sylmar, The Nethercutt Collection, car museum
1916 Simplex Crane Model 5 Touring
This 1916 Simplex Crane Model 5 Touring sedan is one of the automobile era's earliest gems. The six-cylinder, L-head engine could sustain 60 hp and cost $7,500 (in 1916 dollars) when new. It was manufactured by Simplex Automobile Co. Inc. of New Brunswick, N.J. The coachbuilder was C.R. Kimball of Chicago, Illinois. Kimball was actually the Kimball of piano manufacturing lore. This Simplex was photographed at The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, Calif. Netheructt said Simplex's "high performance was legendary."