Usually, concept cars are more than a little complex looking and are clearly aimed at the future but Mercedes is bucking that trend with it latest prototype that pays homage to the historical legacy and the birth of the brand and we love it!
The Vision Mercedes Simplex concept has been inspired by the Mercedes 35 PS, designed by Wilhelm Maybach and Paul Daimler (it is regarded as the first modern car and got its name from the power it produced) but the retro-inspired roadster looks a little more advanced than the 1901 model due to the wheels which we presume are powered by electric motors (Merc only mentions an “alternative drive” system…) otherwise it has a straight-up old-school design which even features a digital version of the vintage Mercedes logo in the grille finished in rose gold which recalls the bronze radiators of a century ago. The retro-inspired bonnet held down by leather straps and rose gold buckles is a lovely nod to the past too. Another nod to the old race cars is the lack of a windshield and the two tone paint.
The interior of the original had a host of tubes and levers but the concept’s cabin has been simplified and gets just a few switches on the high tech instrument panel – but we love the retro-inspired clock and a bespoke steering wheel with wood trim. The model also has a bench seat with azure blue upholstery and Chesterfield quilting that can accommodate two adults (and it has space for their luggage thanks to a tiny bag at the back).
It will be shown off for the first time at Design Essentials 2019 in Nice, France.