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2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

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Best In Show: 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Sauotchik Torpedo

Known as the Model S before the earliest inkling of Tesla Motors, this Mercedes-Benz was the 1920s version of the supercar: elegant, fast, and eminently equipped. A potent 6.8-liter engine powered racing versions of the car to victory, including a win at the Nurburgring in 1927. With bodywork by Jacques Saoutchik, this Torpedo is currently owned by Paul and Judy Andrews of White Settlement, Texas. As one of just seven left-hand-drive Saoutchik-bodied Mercedes-Benzes, this car is unique among an incredibly limited pool. It's also the winner of the Best in Show at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

1948 Cadillac Series 62 Saoutchik Cabriolet

Pebble Beach's concours is notorious for delicately treading on the line between good taste and garishness. So, what to make of this coach-bodied Cadillac from the immediate post-war era? It helps to know the backstory--commissioned by a New York furrier from the famed custom Parisian crafters. Decked out in a deep purple and inset with latticed detail, the car crossed the country from Manhattan to California to its second owner, whose wife favored its standout color scheme. The car is now in the Blackhawk Collection.

1949 Delahaye 135 M Saoutchik Cabriolet

Another of Saoutchik's coachbuilt classics, this Delahaye was commissioned by a British owner, who then sold it to a Swiss owner. Restored in 1987, it's a returning entrant to the Pebble Beach Concours, having appeared on the green in 1992.


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