An epic display of automotive and Mercedes-Benz history captivated car enthusiasts at the annual Pebble Beach Automotive Week and Concours d’Elegance on the Monterey Peninsula.
The four-day event in late August celebrated not only the history of the automobile, but also the 125-year anniversary of the Mercedes-Benz 1886 Patent Motorwagen. Five special classes of Mercedes-Benz collector cars were displayed along the famed 18th
fairway in recognition of the monumental anniversary.
One class featured nine pre-war Grand Prix vehicles known as “white knights.” Also on display were the Mercedes-Benz 380K-770K, 300 SL Gullwings and Roadsters and other historic models from Benz, Daimler, Mercedes and Mercedes-Benz. Overall, more than 50 cars made the journey to Monterey, some from as far away as Europe and South America.
The Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge on the third fairway was also decked out with an array of classic and rare vehicles to celebrate the 125th anniversary. Visitors got an exclusive look at the American Mercedes of 1905, in addition to the future of Mercedes-Benz, the 2012 SLS AMG Roadster and Concept A-Class.
Multiple rare and high profile Mercedes-Benz vehicles were put up on the auction blocks throughout the event. The crown jewel of the auctions was a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Spezial Roadster, chassis 154140 from the private collection of Sam and Emily Mann. This classic vehicle is one of only a select few built, and is believed to be one of only three still in existence. The car features a classic high door, long tail configuration and a covered rear spare.
Other unique vehicles up for auction included four supercharged eight-cylinder cars from the 1930s, in addition to a 1959 190 SL Roadster owned by singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow.
Mercedes-Benz has produced classic and quality vehicles throughout its remarkable 125-year tenure. Spectators on hand for this once-in-a-lifetime event were treated to a classic timeline of Mercedes-Benz excellence they won’t soon forget.