Pebble Beach is just around the corner, and Mercedes-Benz has an ace up their sleeve. Make that two aces.
The German automaker is planning on bringing two incredibly rare classic cars to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California. This isn’t the first time that Mercedes has made their way to the famous show with “Best of Show” worthy cars in tow. Their long list of victories include over 120 class victories and special prizes. Even last year a Mercedes-Benz Saoutchik S Type was picked for “Best in Show”.
The first car that Mercedes-Benz will be showing is a “Prinz Heinrich” Benz from 1910. This 100+ year-old car was an innovative car that was full of groundbreaking technology such as it’s dual ignition and four-valve technology. It was designed for the Prinz-Heinrich Fahrt (Prince Heinrich Tour), which was help annually from 1908 to 1910. The race consisted of only four-seater production cars, as actual race cars were forbidden from competing. Pushing the classic car along is a 5.7-liter which produced 80 hp – good for 78 mph. Of course, speed isn’t key with these cars.
Also coming to Pebble Beach is the 1907 24/40 hp Benz landaulet, a classic vehicle that stands in the long tradition of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. This vehicle was produced as part of a whole series of newly developed models with 28, 35, 40 and 45 hp engines. Each model featured a four-cylinder with cylinders cast together in pairs. With only 40 hp, this vehicle had a top speed of 25 mph.
These are two historical vehicles that are going to be shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, so if you happen to be at the event, be sure to give them a gander and take a picture. You’ll regret it if you don’t.