A 1907 24/40hp landaulet and a 1910 Prinz Heinrich will be tasked with upholding Stuttgart’s reputation at the USA’s premier concours d’elegance on 18 August.
The 24/40hp was one of a series of models, all featuring four-pot engines, with cylinders cast together in pairs, using a laterally positioned camshaft driven through spur gears.
The car’s four-speed transmission was operated using a sliding-shift mechanism, with power delivered to the rear wheels via chains.
The Prinz Heinrich – as Merc’s answer to the Price Henry – can claim to be one of the world’s first true sports cars.
The example going on show was restored by Mercedes-Benz Classic and is one of two known to exist.
The racer sports the same modified, 5.4-litre, four-cylinder engine that it used to compete in the Prinz Heinrich Tour, where it finished 11th.
Mercedes cars have enjoyed plenty of success at Pebble Beach – including last year’s Best of Show winner, the 1928 ‘Torpedo’ S Type that was bodied by French coachbuilder Jacques Saoutchik.
Find out more on the event’s website.