Skip to main content

Mercedes-Benz wins Best of Show title at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
By: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz wins Best of Show title at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance  • A Mercedes-Benz Saoutchik S Type receives the coveted award

• Originally delivered in 1928

• Seventh Best of Show title for Mercedes-Benz

Stuttgart – A Mercedes-Benz Saoutchik S Type has won this year's Best of Show title at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The car, whose 'torpedo' bodywork with low windscreen was designed by French coachbuilder Jacques Saoutchik, captured the hearts of the judges, who named it the finest vehicle on display at the prestigious event.

The Mercedes-Benz Classic Archives have information on the winning car to offer. It was originally ordered by Mercedes-Benz Comp. Inc., New York, for a Mr. Charles Levine, New York. On 2 August 1928, the chassis was delivered to Saoutchik in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. The company manufactured and mounted the sports two-seater body and charged 72,327.25 French Francs (equalling 11,572.35 Reichsmark) to Daimler-Benz AG in December 1928. The exact date of delivery is not documented, but it is supposed to have happened in December 1928.

Mercedes-Benz wins Best of Show title at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance  

Current owners Judy and Paul Andrews of White Settlement, Texas, had the car extensively restored before presenting it to the panel of judges in Pebble Beach. Before that the vehicle had been kept in storage for around 30 years.

The Mercedes-Benz S Type – also known as the 680 S because of its 6.8-litre engine capacity – was launched in 1927 as an evolution of the Mercedes-Benz Model K super sports car. It established the legendary family of heavyweight supercharged cars that included the SS and SSK models from 1928. The cars dominated racing history over the years, but could also be bought as conventional road vehicles. All vehicles in this family had a six-cylinder in-line engine with a supercharger to increase output. Power was also boosted by the dual ignition. Each cylinder had two spark plugs, one fired by a battery ignition and the other by a high-voltage magneto ignition.

Exclusive high-performance sports car

The 6.8-litre engine of the S Type, the model on which all the others were based, produced an output of 120 bhp (88 kW) without a supercharger and 180 bhp (132 kW) with the supercharger engaged. This made the S Type one of the fastest and most sought-after sports cars of its time. Its debut public appearance at the opening race at the Nürburgring in 1927 ended with a threefold victory for Mercedes-Benz. Rudolf Caracciola drove his S Type across the finishing line in first place.

Only 146 of these exclusive high-performance sports cars were ever made, the vast majority of them sold as open-top four-seaters with a Sindelfingen body. A select few, however, such as this year's Best in Show winner at Pebble Beach, were delivered as a chassis to have their bodywork made by the most famous coachbuilders of the era. For many years now, the Mercedes-Benz S Type has been one of the most popular collector's cars and also one of the most valuable.

At a Gooding & Company auction held at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, a Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster from 1936 was sold for $11.8 million. 'Mercedes-Benz vehicles always achieve top prices at international auctions,' says Michael Bock, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic. 'And the Special Roadster is one of the most coveted cars among prominent collectors.' This particular vehicle has an fascinating history. First bought by an aristocratic Prussian family, it soon passed into the ownership of Baroness Gisela von Krieger. During the Second World War, she took the Special Roadster first to Switzerland and from there to the USA, where it remained unused in a garage for more than 40 years until her death. The car was then restored to immaculate condition.

The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the USA is among the world's most prestigious classic car shows. This year there was a separate class for the creations of Jacques Saoutchik. Originally from Russia, the cabinetmaker had emigrated to France and established a coachbuilding company that enjoyed widespread fame in the 1920s and 1930s. He produced many extravagant designs for Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz cars have a very special place on the hallowed turf of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, winning Best of Show seven times and collecting more than 120 First in Class and Special Awards as part of a long list of successes since 1950.

Did you know ...?

At the Goodwood Revival (14-16 September 2012) Mercedes-Benz Classic will be represented by five original Silver Arrows from the 1930s – and is organising a staged race for them together with Auto Union which will be the biggest gathering of Silver Arrows for a number of decades.

Photo credit: Mercedes-Benz

   Recent Articles
Collector Cars in Santa Monica: Auctions America's California Sale Finds New Home at the Historic Barker Hangar

• Auctions America's California sale moves to an exciting new venue in Santa Monica
• Held July 17-18, 2015 event follows two highly successful Auctions America sales in Southern California in 2013 and 2014
• Multi-day auction to feature diverse roster of 300 quality vehicles, catering for collectors of all genres
• Early highlights led by a private San Diego Collection of 50s and 60s American Classics
• Frequently updated list of entries available online at auctionsamerica.com

CULVER CI....
Rita Hayworth's Rare 1953 Cadillac to Appear at Pinehurst Concours

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (Feb. 24, 2015) – A rare Cadillac once owned by 1940s Silver Screen starlet Rita Hayworth will be one of several iconic automobiles of note displayed for patrons attending the 2015 Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance on Saturday, May 2 at Pinehurst Resort.

The 1953 Cadillac coupe Series 62 with bodywork by Ghia is one of only two ever made -- and has a star-studded history. The world's wealthiest man at the time -- Prince Aly Khan -- gave this Cadillac with Ghia co....
Gooding & Company Brings Legendary Maserati 200 SI to Headline Amelia Island Auction

Historical and exotic automobiles from Fiat and Lotus will also cross the block this March

Santa Monica, CA (February 5, 2015) - Gooding & Company, the auction house acclaimed for selling the world's most significant and valuable collector cars, is thrilled to announce the presentation of three legendary motorcars to its Amelia Island Auction. Offerings include an iconic, champion Maserati driven by some of the greatest names in motor sport history and limited-production exampl....
Historic 1955 Jaguar D-Type Joins Starting Grid at RM's Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Sale

• RM Auctions announces final entries for its Amelia Island, Florida sale, March 14
• Representing RM's finest Amelia Island offering to date, recent highlights include a 1955 Jaguar D-Type, a 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV and a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider
• Sale caters to growing popularity of Japanese collector cars with a 1968 Toyota 2000GT and a 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432
• Complete digital catalogue now available online at www.rmauctions.com

BLENHEIM, Ontario (February 12, 2....
RM AUCTIONS SHINES IN PARIS WITH AN OUTSTANDING €19M SALE

RM Auctions returns to Paris for its second sale during the Retromobile week, posting over €19 million in sales
• Five lots make in excess of €1.0 million each
• Top seller: beautiful 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso Berlinetta realizes €1.624.000
• Average price achieved per lot is an impressive €333.000
• Complete RM Paris results available online at www.rmauctions.com
• RM continues its 2015 calendar in Amelia Island, Florida, March 14

PARIS (5 February, 2015) – RM Auctions returne....
Cars & Concert on the Fairway: Three Dog Night to Perform at 2015 Pinehurst Concours

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (Feb. 2, 2015) – Three Dog Night, an iconic band that produced three No. 1 singles and eight additional top 10 hits, will perform a concert following the awards ceremony of the 2015 Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance in early May.

'Delivering a quality fan experience at the Pinehurst Concours has been a priority from our inception, along with seeking out the top collector automobiles to display,' said Pinehurst Concours president Jay Howard. 'We feel we'll accomplish t....
2015 McLaren P1 GTR
2015 McLaren P1 GTR  2015 McLaren P1 GTR  2015 McLaren P1 GTR  2015 McLaren P1 GTR  2015 McLaren P1 GTR  
2015 Mercedes-Benz W06
2015 Mercedes-Benz W06  2015 Mercedes-Benz W06  2015 Mercedes-Benz W06  2015 Mercedes-Benz W06  2015 Mercedes-Benz W06  
2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo
2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo  2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo  2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo  2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo  2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo  
2014 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Rembrandt
2014 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Rembrandt  2014 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Rembrandt  2014 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Rembrandt  2014 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Rembrandt  2014 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Rembrandt  
2014 Ferrari LaFerrari
2014 Ferrari LaFerrari  2014 Ferrari LaFerrari  2014 Ferrari LaFerrari  2014 Ferrari LaFerrari  2014 Ferrari LaFerrari  
2014 Infiniti Q60 Bobby Unser Edition
2014 Infiniti Q60 Bobby Unser Edition  2014 Infiniti Q60 Bobby Unser Edition  2014 Infiniti Q60 Bobby Unser Edition  2014 Infiniti Q60 Bobby Unser Edition  2014 Infiniti Q60 Bobby Unser Edition  
2014 Jaguar Lightweight E-Type
2014 Jaguar Lightweight E-Type  2014 Jaguar Lightweight E-Type  2014 Jaguar Lightweight E-Type  2014 Jaguar Lightweight E-Type  2014 Jaguar Lightweight E-Type  
2014 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4
2014 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4  2014 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4  2014 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4  2014 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4  2014 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4  
2014 McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept
2014 McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept  2014 McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept  2014 McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept  2014 McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept  2014 McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept  
2014 Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV
2014 Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV  2014 Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV  2014 Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV  2014 Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV  2014 Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV