Tag: 1902 Mercedes Simplex
Translation: May 1902 La Stampa Sportiva: Vanderbilt, Jr. Breaks the One-Kilometer Land Speed Record
Professor Pau Medrano Bigas, Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Barcelona, has forwarded two articles on William K. Vanderbilt Jr. breaking the one-kilometer land speed record twice in 1902 as reported in the Italian magazine La Stampa Sportiva. Dr. Andrea Fedi has now translated the article.
In 2009, Tom Gibson visited the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany and photographed the oldest surviving Mercedes in the world. Only years later, did Tom discover the original owner was William K. Vanderbilt, Jr.
The Mercedes Simplex was designed by Wilhelm Maybach in Stuttgart, Germany and produced by Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft from 1902 to 1909. DMG's intention was to improve on the car's predecessor, the 35-HP Mercedes, by providing "comfort by means of simplicity", hence the Simplex name.