Mercedes 680S Saoutchik Torpedo named Best of Show at 62nd Pebble Beach

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Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Torpedo bags Best of Show at the 62nd Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The competition showcased 220 cars from 33 states and 15 countries

1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Torpedo

 

 

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance held in California is an annual celebration of the most beautiful and rare automobiles from around the world. At this year’s Concourse, which was the 62nd edition, the award for the coveted ‘Best of Show’ went to a 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Torpedo. 

 

Owned by Paul and Judy Andrews of White Settlement, Texas, the car sports one of seven Torpedo bodies made by Jacques Saoutchik for the Mercedes-Benz 680S chassis, each differing in their details.

 

“I’m not sure I can put into words how I feel,” said Paul Andrews, founder and CEO of TTI. “It’s probably the most wonderful feeling I’ve had in my life. It’s the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people. We’re all excited. We’re tickled to death.

 

“It’s the whole package. There’s not a bad line on this car. It was the sports car, the high performance car of its era, and then Saoutchik gave it style and grace. It has power and it has beauty,” added Andrews. 

 

“This car really has everything,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “It has fantastic German engineering, elegant French styling and a wonderful restoration by Paul Russell. It’s a car you can imagine racing as well as touring. It’s just a marvellous embodiment of everything that is Mercedes-Benz.”

 

Other nominees for Best of Show included a 1935 Duesenberg J Gurney-Nutting Speedster owned by the William Lyon Family of Newport Beach, California; a 1931 Duesenberg J Derham Tourster owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini III, of West Orange, New Jersey; and a 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Figoni Coupé owned by David and Adele Cohen of West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

 

It would also be worth mentioning that a 1924 Rolls-Royce 20 H.P. from Jodhpur/Udaipur made its proud owner, His Highness Arvind Singhji Mewar, the first Maharaja from India to win an award at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. 

 

Also read: 1924 Rolls-Royce Twenty : The Royal Twenty

 

 

 

 

 

 

HERE IS THE COMPLETE LIST OF 2012 WINNERS AT THE 62ND PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

 

Best of Show

 

1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Cabriolet

Paul and Judy Andrews, White Settlement, 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 and 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 Du Pont Model G Merrimac Speedster

Sam and Emily Mann, Englewood, New Jersey

 

Strother MacMinn Most Elegant Sports Car

1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Figoni Coupé

David and Adele Cohen, West Vancouver, Canada

 

 

 

 

A-1 1st Place

 

 

 

Class Awards

 

Class A-1: Small Horse Power

1st       1903 Packard Model F Rear Entrance Tonneau, Joseph and 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 and Marcia King, Redding, Connecticut

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

 

Class C-1: American Classic Open

1st 1929 Du Pont Model G Merrimac Speedster, Sam and Emily Mann, Englewood, New Jersey

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

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

 

Class C-2: American Classic Closed

1st 1931 Packard 845 Deluxe Eight Dietrich Sport Sedan, Rob and Jeannie Hilarides, Lindsay

2nd 1932 Lincoln KB Dietrich Coupe, Patti and 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 and 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 and 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 and Denise Sanders, Bristol, Indiana

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pebble Beach E 1 1st Place

 

 

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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and  Margie Cassini III, West Orange, New Jersey

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

3rd 1932 Duesenberg J Rollston Torpedo Berline, Richard and 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 and Irina Mitchell, Montgomery, Texas

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

 

Class I: Mercedes-Benz

1st 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A, The Nethercutt Collection – Helen and Jack Nethercutt, Sylmar

2nd 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, Thomas and 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 and Adele Cohen, West Vancouver, NA

2nd 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Aprile Spider Corsa, Mercurio Srl, Milano, Italy

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

 

Class J-2: European Classic: Grand Touring

1st 1937 Bentley 4 ¼-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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pebble Beach J 3 1st Place

 

 

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 and Merle Mullin, Oxnard

 

Class K: Fiat

1st 1911 Fiat Tipo 6 Holbrook 4 Passenger Demi-Tonneau, Alan and LaDel Clendenen, Corona del Mar

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

3rd 1933 Fiat Balilla Roadster, Michael and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and Sharon Hayes, Chicago, Illinois

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

 

Class O-2: Postwar Sports Closed

1st 1956 Maserati A6G 2000 Zagato Coupé, David and Ginny Sydorick, Beverly Hills

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

3rd 1959 Lancia Flaminia Zagato Coupé, Larry and 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 and 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 and  Diane Cerveny, Malibu

2nd 1947 Vince Gardner Studebaker "Bubble Top" Roadster, John N Allen, Naples, Florida

3rd 1939 Paul Planette Coachcraft Mercury Roadster, Derby and 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

M-1 1st Place - Enzo Ferrari Trophy

 

 

 

 

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 and 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 and 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 and Martin Gruss, West Palm Beach, Florida

 

Gran Turismo Trophy

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Pinin Farina Coupe

Jon and Mary Shirley, Medina, Washington

 

The Lincoln Trophy

1932 Lincoln KB Dietrich Coupe

Patti and Jim Shacklett, Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucius Beebe Trophy 1

 

 

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 and 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 and Adele Cohen, West Vancouver, NA

 

The Tony Hulman Trophy

1908 Benz Prince Heinrich Two Seat Race Car

Bruce and Jolene McCaw, Bellevue, Washington

 

The Vitesse - Elegance Trophy

1950 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Touring Coupé

 

 

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