Each year, one car show stands out among the rest in the United States. The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance judges classic cars in several categories: history, authenticity, function, and style. Judges are selected carefully and are experts in the industry. This charitable event is the culmination of a week-long celebration, which focuses on classic cars. This year, the event concluded in mid-august, and it named a 1928 Mercedes Benz 680 S as its winner. The winner had a custom body and was in great condition. Below, we take a closer look at the classic Mercedes 680 S Saoutchik Torpedo Roadster, an impressive model known for both speed and rarity.
In 1928, the pre-war era of classic cars was holding strong, and many cars had beautiful silhouettes, but this model combined that with its speed. The 680 S had an inline 6 engine which produced a whopping 180 horsepower at 3000 rpm, giving this classic car a top speed of 110.6 miles per hour. Though those numbers may not seem like anything special today, it put most cars of its day to shame. Only a handful were produced, making the 680 S among the most rare of classic cars. The Saoutchik roadsters had chrome accents and a disappearing top, which only added to the model’s allure.
Though the 680 S was only one of the 220 entries into this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, it rightfully took first place in the competition. The event itself brought in $262 million in sales. Keeping in mind that the event is a charitable one, it is hard not to be impressed that one event could combine such prestige with a great dedication for good so seamlessly.