Ακόμη ένα Concours D’Elegance στο Pebble Beach ολοκληρώθηκε και οι διοργανωτές ανακοίνωσαν ότι το βραβείο “Best of show” ήταν η Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Cabriolet του 1928, το ” Most Elegant Closed Cart” η Bentley Speed Six H. J. Mulliner Saloon του 1930, το Most Elegant Convertible το Delage D8-120 S Saoutchik Cabriolet 1939, το βραβείο του “Most Elegant Open Car” το duPont Model G Merrimac Speedster 1929, ενώ το Most Elegant Sports Car η Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Figoni Coupé του 1933.

Για την ιστορία να πω ότι η Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Special Edition πουλήθηκε έναντι 1,99 εκατ. ευρώ, (2.25 εκατ. δολάρια). Περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες μπορείς να βρεις στο δελτίο τύπου που ακολουθεί.

[Πηγή: Pebble Beach]

Δελτίο Τύπου

2012 Winners List

2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Winners Announced

BEST OF SHOW

1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Cabriolet Paul & Judy Andrews, Fort Worth, Texas

BEST OF SHOW NOMINEES

1935 Duesenberg J Gurney-Nutting Speedster The William Lyon Family, Newport Beach, California

1931 Duesenberg J Derham Tourster Joseph and Margie Cassini III, West Orange, New Jersey

1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Figoni Coupé David and Adele Cohen, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

MOST ELEGANT AWARDS

J. B. & Dorothy Nethercutt Most Elegant Closed Car

1930 Bentley Speed Six H. J. Mulliner Saloon John & Gwen McCaw

Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Convertible

1939 Delage D8-120 S Saoutchik Cabriolet John W. Rich Jr., Auburn, Pennsylvania

Most Elegant Open Car

1929 duPont Model G Merrimac Speedster Sam & Emily Mann, Englewood, New Jersey

Strother MacMinn Most Elegant Sports Car

1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Figoni Coupé David & Adele Cohen, West Vancouver, Canada

CLASS AWARDS

Class A-1: Small Horse Power 1st 1903 Packard Model F Rear Entrance Tonneau, Joseph & Janice Conzonire, San Marino

2nd 1901 De Dion-Bouton Motorette Vis à Vis, John Banner, Long Melford, England

3rd 1904 Franklin Open Four Seater, Calilo Sielecki, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Class A-2: Antique 1st 1919 McFarlan Type 125 Touring, Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, Fairbanks, Alaska

2nd 1911 Isotta Fraschini PM Pavesi & Crespi Co. Roadster, Dick & Marcia King, Redding, Connecticut

3rd 1905 Clément SD Sedan, Barry G. Hon, Dana Point

Class C-1: American Classic Open 1st 1929 duPont Model G Merrimac Speedster, Sam & Emily Mann, Englewood, New Jersey

2nd 1930 Cadillac 452 Fleetwood Roadster, Bob & Brigitte Thayer, Atlanta, Georgia

3rd 1937 Cord 812 SC Convertible Phaeton Sedan, Bob, Pat & Chris White, Scottsdale, Arizona

Class C-2: American Classic Closed 1st 1931 Packard 845 Deluxe Eight Dietrich Sport Sedan, Rob & Jeannie Hilarides, Lindsay

2nd 1932 Lincoln KB Dietrich Coupe, Patti & Jim Shacklett, Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania

3rd 1931 Marmon Sixteen LeBaron Club Sedan, Gary Severns, Long Beach

Class C-3: Packard Open 1st 1932 Packard 906 Twin Six Dietrich Convertible Sedan, David & Linda Kane, Bernardsville, New Jersey

2nd 1930 Packard 734 Speedster Runabout, William & Helen Vaccaro, Bedminster, New Jersey

3rd 1934 Packard 1107 Twelve Coupe Roadster, Charles & Amy Spielman, La Jolla

Class D: Mercer 1st 1913 Mercer Model 35 J Raceabout, Ray Scherr, Westlake Village

2nd 1931 Mercer Prototype Merrimac Raceabout Convertible Coupe, Dave & Denise Sanders, Bristol, Indiana

3rd 1925 Mercer Series 6 Raceabout, Johnny & Christine Crowell, San Ramon

Class E-1: Maharaja 1st 1935 Duesenberg J Gurney Nutting Speedster, The William Lyon Family, Newport Beach

2nd 1930 Bentley Speed Six H.J. Mulliner Saloon, John & Gwen McCaw

3rd 1925 Hispano-Suiza H6B Kellner Cabriolet, The Keller Collection, Petaluma

Class E-2: Maharaja Rolls-Royce 1st 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Barker Sports Torpedo Tourer, The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, , Hong Kong

2nd 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Thrupp & Maberly Tourer, Keith Sherper & Kenneth Sherper, Bluemont, Virginia

3rd 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Thrupp & Maberly Drophead, William B. Ruger, Jr., Newport, New Hampshire

Class F: Saoutchik Coachwork 1st 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Torpedo, Paul & Judy Andrews, White Settlement, Texas

2nd 1936 Hispano-Suiza J12 Saoutchik Cabriolet, William E. “Chip” Connor, Hong Kong

3rd 1939 Delage D8-120 S Saoutchik Cabriolet, John W. Rich Jr., Auburn, Pennsylvania

Class G: Duesenberg 1st 1931 Duesenberg J Derham Tourster, Joseph & Margie Cassini III, West Orange, New Jersey

2nd 1930 Duesenberg J Murphy Convertible Sedan, Peter & Marijane Thornton, Key Largo, Florida

3rd 1932 Duesenberg J Rollston Torpedo Berline, Richard & Elisa Stephens, San Francisco

Class H: Rolls-Royce 1st 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Hibbard & Darrin Transformable, Greg & Renee Wood, Henderson, Nevada

2nd 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Hibbard & Darrin Transformable, The Mitchell Collection – Richard & Irina Mitchell, Montgomery, Texas

3rd 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Springfield Brewster Tourer, Robert M. & Agata Matteucci, Jupiter, Florida

Class I: Mercedes-Benz 1st 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A, The Nethercutt Collection – Helen & Jack Nethercutt, Sylmar

2nd 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, Thomas & Rhonda Taffet, Chatsworth

3rd 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Cabriolet, Ing. Alexander Schaufler, Vienna, Austria

Class J-1: European Classic: Sports Racing 1st 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Figoni Coupé, David & Adele Cohen, West Vancouver, NA

2nd 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Aprile Spider Corsa, Mercurio S.r.l., Milano, Italy

3rd 1931 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster, Audrey & Martin Gruss, West Palm Beach, Florida

Class J-2: European Classic: Grand Touring 1st 1937 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Windovers Drophead Coupé, Neal Kirkham, Saratoga

2nd 1938 Steyr 220 Gläser Roadster, Peter T. Boyle, Oil City, Pennsylvania

3rd 1929 Bianchi S8 Graber Cabriolet, Roy Sayles, Jamul

Class J-3: European Classic: French Grand Touring 1st 1937 Talbot-Lago T150C Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet, The Patterson Collection, Louisville, Kentucky

2nd 1932 Delage D8 SS100 Figoni Cabriolet, The Keller Collection, Petaluma

3rd 1937 Peugeot 302DS Darl’mat Pourtout Cabriolet, Peter & Merle Mullin, Oxnard

Class K: Fiat 1st 1911 Fiat Tipo 6 Holbrook 4 Passenger Demi-Tonneau, Alan & LaDel Clendenen, Corona del Mar

2nd 1904 Fiat 75 HP Alessio Touring, George F. Wingard, Eugene, Oregon

3rd 1933 Fiat Balilla Roadster, Michael & Barbara Malamut, Thousand Oaks

Class L-1: Prewar Preservation 1st 1932 Stutz DV-32 LeBaron Sedan, Jim Callahan, Oakland

2nd 1905 Fiat 60 HP Quimby Touring, David Geisler, Murdo, South Dakota

3rd 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Super Sport Mille Miglia Zagato Spider, Fica Frio Limited, Jersey, United Kingdom

Class L-2: Postwar Preservation 1st 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Pinin Farina Coupe, Jon & Mary Shirley, Medina, Washington

2nd 1952 Ferrari 212/225 Inter Touring Barchetta, Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles

3rd 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, Les Wexner, New Albany, Ohio

Class M-1: Ferrari Grand Touring 1st 1955 Ferrari 375 Plus Pinin Farina Cabriolet, The Golomb Family, Springfield, Illinois

2nd 1964 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Pininfarina Coupe, Lammot J. du Pont, McLean, Virginia

3rd 1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Pinin Farina Cabriolet, Ken & Dayle Roath, Newport Beach

Class M-2: Ferrari Competition 1st 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Touring Berlinetta, Kevin J. Caulfield, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2nd 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Scaglietti Berlinetta, Peter & Kacey McCoy, Beverly Hills

3rd 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Scaglietti Berlinetta, Andrew Gordon, Los Angeles

Class N-1: AC 1st 1960 AC Ace Roadster, Jonathan Parker, Vancouver, NA

2nd 1960 AC Ace Roadster, Jim & Stacey Weddle, St. Louis, Missouri

3rd 1956 AC Ace Bristol Roadster, Jerry F. Rosenstock, Encino

Class N-2: AC Cobra 1st 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 FIA Competition Roadster, Steve Volk, Boulder, Colorado

2nd 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Prototype Competition Roadster, Harry Yeaggy, Cincinnati, Ohio

3rd 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 Street Roadster, William H. & Cheryl K. Swanson, Boston, Massachusetts

Class O-1: Postwar Sports Open 1st 1949 Jaguar XK120 Roadster, Jeff Lotman, Los Angeles

2nd 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Pinin Farina Spider America, Joe & Sharon Hayes, Chicago, Illinois

3rd 1952 Allard J2 Roadster, Dana & Patti Mecum, Walworth, Wisconsin

Class O-2: Postwar Sports Closed 1st 1956 Maserati A6G 2000 Zagato Coupé, David & Ginny Sydorick, Beverly Hills

2nd 1958 Pegaso Z-103 Touring Berlinetta, Richard Kocka, Redding, Connecticut

3rd 1959 Lancia Flaminia Zagato Coupé, Larry & Jane Solomon, Woodside

Class O-3: Postwar Sports Touring 1st 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Franay Cabriolet, Michael Kaufmann, Ennsdorf, Austria

2nd 1950 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Touring Coupé, Larry & Jeanne Klein, Santa Rosa

3rd 1946 Delahaye 135 M El Glaoui Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet, Richard Mahoney, St. Louis, Missouri

Class U: American Sport Customs 1st 1948 Norman Timbs Emil Diedt Roadster, Gary & Diane Cerveny, Malibu

2nd 1947 Vince Gardner Studebaker “Bubble Top” Roadster, John N. Allen, Naples, Florida

3rd 1939 Paul Planette Coachcraft Mercury Roadster, Derby & Paula Ahlstone, Ventura

Class V: Open Wheel Race Cars 1st 1911 Franklin D Race Car, Ted Davis, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

2nd 1914 Mercedes Grand Prix Race Car, The Revs Institute for Automotive Research at The Collier Collection, Naples, Florida

3rd 1914 Mercer Model 45 Race Car, George F. Wingard, Eugene, Oregon

Class X: German Motorcycles 1st 1934 BMW R7, BMW Group Classic, Munich, Germany

2nd 1954 BMW R68, Jeffrey M. Dean, Madison, Wisconsin

3rd 1968 Munch Mammoth, Dale Keesecker, Washington, Kansas

SPECIAL AWARDS

Alec Ulmann Trophy 1936 Hispano-Suiza J12 Saoutchik Cabriolet William E. “Chip” Connor, Hong Kong

Ansel Adams Award 1919 McFarlan Type 125 Touring Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, Fairbanks, Alaska

Art Center College of Design Award 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Pinin Farina Spider America Joe & Sharon Hayes, Chicago, Illinois

Briggs Cunningham Trophy 1962 Shelby Cobra 289 First Production Roadster Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills

Classic Car Club of America Trophy 1930 Packard 740 Custom Eight Roadster Margaret Dunning, Plymouth, Michigan

Chairman’s Trophy 1930 Hispano-Suiza H6C Kellner Transformable Hugo Modderman, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Charles A. Chayne Trophy 1911 Franklin D Race Car Ted Davis, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Dean Batchelor Trophy 1953 Mameco-Ardun Glasspar G2 Mark & Newie Brinker, Houston, Texas

Elegance in Motion Trophy 1939 Delage D8-120 S Saoutchik Cabriolet John W. Rich Jr., Auburn, Pennsylvania

Enzo Ferrari Trophy 1955 Ferrari 375 Plus Pinin Farina Cabriolet The Golomb Family, Springfield, Illinois

FIVA Prewar Trophy 1911 Franklin D Race Car Ted Davis, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

FIVA Postwar Trophy 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 FIA Competition Roadster Steve Volk, Boulder, Colorado

French Cup 1931 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster Audrey & Martin Gruss, West Palm Beach, Florida

Gran Turismo Trophy 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Pinin Farina Coupe Jon & Mary Shirley, Medina, Washington

The Lincoln Trophy 1932 Lincoln KB Dietrich Coupe Patti & Jim Shacklett, Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania

Lucius Beebe Trophy 1924 Rolls-Royce 20 HP Barker Tourer Arvind Singh Mewar, Maharana of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Mercedes-Benz Star of Excellence Award 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Torpedo Berthold Albrecht, Essen, Germany

Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy 1930 Bentley Speed Six H. J. Mulliner Saloon John & Gwen McCaw

The Phil Hill Cup 1914 Mercedes Grand Prix Race Car The Revs Institute for Automotive Research at The Collier Collection, Naples, Florida Road & Track Trophy 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Figoni Coupé David & Adele Cohen, West Vancouver, NA

The Tony Hulman Trophy 1908 Benz Prince Heinrich Two Seat Race Car Bruce & Jolene McCaw, Bellevue, Washington

The Vitesse – Elegance Trophy 1950 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Touring Coupé Larry & Jeanne Klein, Santa Rosa

Mercedes-Benz Classic

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.

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.