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Vision Mercedes Simplex concept is a refreshing look at the past

The Simplex was one of the first cars to carry the Mercedes name.

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Mercedes-Benz on Saturday unveiled the Vision Mercedes Simplex concept.     

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Meant as a new-age look at the Mercedes 35 PS from 1901, this concept eschews some of the complication in favor of a more straightforward tribute.

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But, there are still plenty of futuristic twists in it.

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It takes about a millisecond of looking at the concept to realize it's based on something well before our own time.     

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While the outboard wheels and exposed linkages look like something from Minority Report, the rest of the design is straight-up old-school, with ample seating for two and even a clever little luggage bag attached to the back end.    

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The body is loaded with 21st-century touches like rose gold accents.    

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Many modern concepts preview future cars, but not this one.     

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There's a snowball's chance in hell something like this would ever make it to production.   

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It's still an interesting exercise in what can happen when an automaker's designers are given the chance to break free from those boundaries.     

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