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
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.