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Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Pebble Beach Concours d^Elegance August 2021
Long recognized as a superlative showcase of automotive history, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance made history of its own at the culmination of its 70th celebration: a total of 38 former Best of Show cars were on hand to welcome a new winner to their ranks.

This year, 230 collector cars pulled onto the competition field of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and the car named Best of Show was the 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn Kurier belonging to The Keller Collection at The Pyramids in Petaluma, California.

'This Best of Show winner embodies so many sensational features—styling, speed, and performance. Unveiled at the Berlin Auto Show and built to rule the new German Autobahn in 1938, this rare automobile is truly an example of beautiful German design,' said Concours Chairman Sandra Button.

When introduced, this 540K was applauded not only for its long, sweeping hood and aerodynamic design, echoing the legendary Silver Arrow Grand Prix cars, but also for its advanced engineering and superlative performance. Autobahn Kurier means 'Highway Kurier' and references a period of German excellence beginning in the 1920s that culminated in the construction of the famous network of motorways. Mercedes made only two 540K Autobahn Kuriers, and this is the only one still in existence and still sporting its original equipment. This is the Kellers' third win at Pebble Beach, coming after a 1986 win with their 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster and a 2001 win with their 1930 Mercedes-Benz SS Erdmann & Rossi Roadster.

'It's my triple crown,' said Arturo Keller. 'This is the only remaining car of its kind, and I am the second owner from new. It's a very special car, and we are very happy.' The car was last restored in 2006, and has continued to be shown, rallied, and toured since then. The Kellers also go home with the Elegance in Motion Trophy.

This win is the ninth for Mercedes-Benz, tying the marque with Bugatti for the most Best of Shows at Pebble Beach.

This year's race for Best of Show featured other strong contenders, including Joanie & Scott Kriens' 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Corsica Drophead Coupé; the 1966 Ferrari 365 P Pininfarina Berlinetta Speciale shown by RQ Collections; and Jonathan & Wendy Segal's 1956 Maserati A6G Zagato Coupé.

The Pebble Beach Concours raised more than $1.75 million for charity this year, bringing the event's total charitable donations to over $32 million to date. Through the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, the primary charitable partner of the Concours, these funds will benefit more than 95 local charities, impacting the lives of more than 10,000 children annually in Monterey County.

Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, realized more than $107 million in sales at its annual Pebble Beach Auctions this weekend. Friday evening's auction included the world record-breaking sale of a 1995 McLaren F1, which sold for $20,465,000, and a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione, which brought in $10,840,000. The auction on Saturday afternoon followed suit with its star cars, including a 1929 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix, which sold for $5,615,000, and a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet, which achieved $4,405,000.

The 71st Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance will take place on Sunday, August 21, 2022, and will celebrate Lincoln and Talbot-Lago Grand Sport, with additional special classes to be announced soon. For more information on the Pebble Beach Concours visit www.pebblebeachconcours.net.

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1922 Hispano Suiza H6B  
1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8  
1927 Mercedes-Benz Model S  
1927 Packard 343 Eight  
1928 Mercedes-Benz Model S  
1928 Minerva AF  
1929 Cunningham Series V-7  
1929 Duesenberg Model J  
1929 Mercedes-Benz Model SS  
1930 DuPont Model G  
1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A  
1930 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SS  
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II  
1931 Bentley 8-Liter  
1931 Daimler Double Six  
1931 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8B  
1931 Pierce Arrow Model 41  
1933 Delage D8S  
1933 Duesenberg Model SJ  
1934 Duesenberg Model J  
1934 Packard 1108 Twelve  
1934 Voisin C25  
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Special Mormon Meteor  
1936 Bugatti Type 57SC  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K  
1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B  
1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante  
1937 Delage D8 120  
1937 Delahaye 135M  
1937 Talbot-Lago T150C SS  
1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B  
1938 Horch 853  
1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K  
1954 Ferrari 375 MM  

1950 Jaguar XK-120  
1951 Allard J2  
1953 Ferrari 250 MM  
1953 Ferrari 340 MM  
1955 Ferrari 750 Monza  

1969 Porsche 917 K  
1970 Porsche 917  
1971 Porsche 917K  
1972 Porsche 917/10  
1973 Porsche 917/30  

1950 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500  
1952 Ferrari 212 Inter  
1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico  
1952 Jaguar C-Type  
1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL W194  
1953 Ferrari 375 MM  
1953 Ferrari 735 S Monza  
1954 Lincoln Capri  
1954 Osca MT4  
1954 Porsche 356  

1915 Duesenberg Indianapolis Racer  
1920 Ballot 3LR  
1921 Duesenberg Grand Prix Racer  

1973 Lamborghini Countach  
1976 Lamborghini Countach LP400  
1977 Lamborghini Countach LP400  
1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400S  
1985 Lamborghini Countach  
1986 Lamborghini Countach  
1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary  

1923 Miller 122  
1924 Miller 122  
1925 Miller 122 Front Drive  
1926 Bugatti Miller Type 35  
1926 Miller Model 91  
1927 Miller Model 91  
1931 Miller Championship Race Car  
1935 Miller Ford Indy Car  
1937 Miller Gulf Special  

1963 ISO Grifo A3/L  
1965 ISO Rivolta  
1967 ISO Grifo GL  
1969 ISO Fidia S4  
1970 ISO Grifo  

1929 Packard 645 Deluxe Eight  
1932 Packard Model 900 Light Eight  
1933 Packard 1005 Twelve  
1936 Packard Model 1407 Twelve  
1937 Packard 1507 Twelve  
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve  
1939 Packard 1708 Twelve  

1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy  
1931 Duesenberg Model J  
1933 Duesenberg Model SJ  
1934 Duesenberg Model J  
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ  

1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen  
1935 Lancia Asutra  
1936 Lancia Astura  
1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B  
1938 Lancia Astura  

1947 Cisitalia 202SC  
1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500  
1948 Bentley Mark VI  
1948 Lancia Aprilia  
1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500  
1953 Lancia Aurelia B52 PF200  
1959 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham  
1964 Mercedes-Benz 230SL  

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter  
1953 Ferrari 250 Europa  
1953 Ferrari 375 America  
1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT  
1955 Ferrari 375 America Speciale  
1956 Ferrari 410 Superamerica  

1957 Ferrari 250 GT  
1960 Ferrari 250 GT Speciale  
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB  
1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica  
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB  
1966 Ferrari 365 P  
2006 Ferrari P4/5  

1928 Mercedes-Benz Model S  
1931 Mercedes-Benz SSK Sport II  
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K  
1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K  

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II  
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II  
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II  

1950 Ferrari 195 Inter  
1951 Ferrari 212 Export  
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB  
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB  
1967 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART  
1968 Ferrari 206 Dino GT