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marque

SIMPLICITY

modèle

HORSELESS CARRIAGE

finitions

Touring

année

1 9 0 4

quantité/prix

exemplaire unique

carrosserie

torpédo à 5 places

moteur/boite

monocylindre

DU SITE D'ENCHERES <<E-BAY>> usa 2006
  • hôte : e-bay, le fameux site d'enchères aux USA
  • voitures américaines : il y en a toujours beaucoup et particulièrement bien classées
  • photos : elles sont du propriétaire-vendeur

HISTOIRE CHRONOLOGIQUE DE LA MARQUE SIMPLICITY
  • au départ il ne faut pas confondre avec la marque SIMPLICITY de Evansville (Indiana) qui a produit des voitures de 1907 à 1920. Ici c'est une voiture unique construite par un particulier
  • 1902 : Ira J Hollenbee débute la construction d'une automobile à Greensburg (Indiana). Il choisit un moteur monocylindre. C'est la date qui est donnée par le petit-fils du constructeur en 1956
  • 1904 : c'est une autre date qui est donnée par la famille, avec l'aide d'une photo datée
  • c'est tout ce que l'on sait officiellement sur cette voiture (Standard Catalog) mais voir le texte en anglais ci-dessous

CE QU'EN DIT LE VENDEUR
  • I guess I'm going to have to eat my words! I swore I would never offer this car for any less than $49,000.00. Oh well, time to move on. The "Buy it Now" and Reserve price have been lowered to $39,000.00. The auction for this vehicle several weeks ago came close to meeting this amount. You will never again find a 2 cylinder London to Brighton eligible vehicle for this price again, especially in this size and condition.
  • 1904 Simplicity (not Simplicity Highwheeler Car Company). One off, hand built auto by Mr. Ira Hollensbe of Greensburg, Indiana. Mr. Hollensbe was a friend of Henry Ford and built radiators for him and served as the first Ford agent in Indiana. Mr. Hollensbe hand built the entire car with the exception of the motor, transmission, and wheels. The automobile has an approximate wheelbase of 90 inches. The front passenger seat swings over on hinges to allow 1-3 passengers access to the rear seat. It is a 5-passenger touring car. It is in superb condition, including paint and interior. The running gear is also excellent but needs to be restored. I have not tried to start it, but it has excellent compression. The auto is quite large, being bigger than a 1904 / 05 Ford, Cadillac, and Oldsmobile Touring Car and twice as powerful! It has a large, two cylinder, horizontally opposed, engine in the 16 horse power range, and a planetary transmission, two speeds forward, one in reverse. The automobile was owned by Mr. Hollensbe from the time it was created in 1904 until the late 1920's or early 1930's when it was sold to Lloyd and Norman Kanouse, also of Greensburg, Indiana. The two brothers drove the automobile on a regular basis and sold it to Mr. Sam Jacob of Ohio in 1963. Mr. Jacob rolled the automobile into his garage in 1963 where it sat untouched until I acquired it in early 1998. Included with the automobile is a copy of the August 1941 issue of Hobbies Magazine.(See below) A two-page article in this magazine sets out the life and history of Mr. Ira Hollensbe and the car he created. The article was written three years after Mr. Hollensbe died in 1938. His widow was still alive at the time of this writing. Inside is a photo of Mr. & Mrs. Hollensbe sitting in the 1904 Simplicity. He proudly drove this car to the first Indianapolis 500 Race in 1911. Several years ago I was able to locate and speak at length with Mrs. Vivian Kanouse of Greensberg, Indiana, widow of Norman Kanouse. Mrs. Kanouse was in her late 80's and has a razor sharp mind. She has informed me that the information set out in the article is correct. She remembers that her husband owned the automobile when they were dating in 1934 and they rode in it together on a regular basis. She has signed a notarized affidavit to this effect, which goes with the car. In addition, since it is a pre-1905 automobile, it is eligible for the London to Brighton Run in England of Veteran vehicles and thus is quite valuable due to this fact alone. The car comes with a clear Florida title. Transportation for this vehicle can be arranged. With 1900,1901,1902,1903,1904,1905 Cadillac, curved dash Olds, Rambler, Ford, Reo, Peerless, Pierce Arrow cars going in the $30,000-$75,000 range it is an excellent investment for a collector, museum, brass hit and miss engine collector, etc.
  • Email questions to gnalbright@gmail.com

PHOTOS DE LA SIMPLICITY HORSELESS CARRIAGE 1904

 

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