Two historic Mercers are to take starring roles at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours in August, one of them making an epic drive to the showpiece California event from Seattle.The car taking on the big drive will be fresh out of restoration and is Johnny Crowell's 1925 Mercer Series 6 Raceabout, the last Mercer ever to exit the factory and one of only two six-pot Series 6 cars – and the only factory all-wheel-braked one – thought to exist. "We are going from Seattle to Pebble Beach, touring 1500 miles with no top, no windows and a sorry excuse for a windshield... and I suspect we will get some rain," said Crowell. "My wife will love it." Because Mercer is the featured marque at Pebble Beach this year, when it arrives on the Monterey peninsula Crowell's car will be joined by a host of other stand-out models.
Among them will be Dave and Denise Sanders' near-unique 1931 prototype (above), a Mercer Merrimac Convertible Coupe that was created in a failed bid to revive the marque. Only one other prototype is believed to have been built and that is also owned by the Sanders. Colin Feichtmeir of the Pebble Beach selection committee said: "Visitors can expect to see cars beginning with the earliest offerings by the company and several examples of the celebrated 35J Raceabouts."The collection of race cars, the later 'L-head' cars, and the final examples from the factory make this an unprecedented mosaic of Mercer automobiles." In addition to Mercer, the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance will feature Cars of the Maharajas, Saoutchik Coachwork, AC and AC (Shelby) Cobra, Fiat, Sport Customs and German Motorcycles.