• 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.
■The protective air cushion for the front passenger celebrated its debut in 1987 in the 126 model series
■An evolution of the airbag technology introduced by Mercedes-Benz in series production in 1981
■The optional equipment of that time is an industry standard in safety technology today
25 years ago Mercedes-Benz was the first automobile manufacturer in the world to introduce the front passenger airbag in a series-production car. The technology debuted in the S-Class (model series 126) at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September 1987. It elevated the safety standards in Mercedes-Benz passenger cars to a new level and thus represented yet another logical step by the pioneer in passive vehicle safety in a long line of outstanding innovations.
With some 30,000 members in the US, Canada and 22 other countries the Mercedes-Benz Club of America Inc. is one of the world’s biggest official Mercedes-Benz brand clubs. The club was founded in 1956 and provides care for and advice on classic model series and modern Mercedes-Benz vehicles alike, some 50,000 of which are in the hands of club members.
A number of these superb collector’s items can be admired at the “Legends of the Autobahn” event on the grounds of the Rancho Cañada Golf Club in Carmel Valley on August 17, 2012. Located not far from famous Pebble Beach in California, the event in its third year has already become one of the must-see events at the Monterey Classic Car Week. Four marque enthusiast clubs of German premium manufacturers, the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, the BMW Car Club of America, the Porsche Club of America and the Audi Club North America, organize the event jointly and assemble a one-of-kind contingent of vehicles from German automobile history. Admission for visitors is free. Club members can register with their vehicles using the link below:
10th anniversary Mercedes-Benz Classic Magazine
With its winter issue, the Mercedes-Benz Classic magazine will be celebrating its tenth birthday. We invite you to celebrate with us, helping produce ‘your’ Classic magazine – with your own photographs.
■Original pre-war Silver Arrows made by Mercedes-Benz reunited on the racetrack at the Goodwood Revival (14 to 16 September 2012)
■Staged race to be held together with Auto Union vehicles
Mercedes-Benz Classic is bringing four original pre-war Silver Arrows to the racetrack at this year’s Goodwood Revival (14 to 16 September 2012). The Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix cars from the 1930s are playing the starring role in a staged race together with Auto Union vehicles from the Audi Tradition collection. “75 years after the cars made their debut in Britain, this is the first time that a significant number of Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union Silver Arrows will be sharing the same track,” says Michael Bock, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic. “This guest appearance at Goodwood won’t hinge on hundredths of a second, however. It is instead a unique demonstration under simulated race conditions.”
The members of the officially affiliated Mercedes-Benz brand clubs will get a 20% discount in the shop of the Mercedes-Benz Museum.
This discount is also offered if the shop is present at the ADAC Eifelrennen for example and at different other events.
There is no discount for articles available which are subject to price-obligations for books, goods which are already reduced in price as well as articles below 5,- Euros.
Topics for 2012
75 years ago – from 20 February to 7 March 1937: the Mercedes-Benz 320 (model series W 142) was presented at the Berlin Motor Show. Its outstanding features included high levels of spaciousness, comfort and convenience.
75 years ago – from spring 1937: the Mercedes-Benz W 125 became the brand's Formula racing car for the 1937 motorsport season. It proved extremely successful in enabling Rudolf Caracciola to pick up the title of European Champion, a feat comparable to winning the World Championship by today's standards.
Event: Mercedes-Benz Classic at the Rétromobile Motor Show in Paris, from 1 to 5 February 2012.
Mercedes-Benz Classic serie W 126 on DVD
Order no.: 6516 5629 50
Price: 129 Euro
Owners of S-Class vehicles (W126) now have another reason to be happy: Our new DVD in the series: "Information for Classics" offers them all the technical information that they'll need to keep their cars in tip-top shape.
The new DVD for W 126 enables fast access to all available owner's manuals and workshop information – including wiring diagrams – along with a complete overview of parts.
The DVD features a clearly arranged menu structure that will get you to the work descriptions that you need right away. You can then click a direct link to display all the parts needed for that job. You can also print out the instructions and use them while working on your vehicle. The relevant replacement parts are displayed after entering the vehicle identification number (VIN). With the shopping basket function, you can complete your order and print it out as a shopping list.
All of the documents on the DVD are available in both German and English.
To order just contact your Mercedes-Benz dealer or Internet: www.mercedes-benz-classic-collection.com
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