Mercedes-Benz announces two-pronged offensive on Pebble Beach

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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.

Mercedes-Benz announces two-pronged offensive on Pebble Beach
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 Vauxhall 30-98 – can claim to be one 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 Prince Heinrich Tour, where it finished 11th overall.
The Germans have enjoyed plenty of success at Pebble Beach – including last year’s Best of Show winner, the 1928 ‘Torpedo’-bodied S Type that was designed by French coachbuilder Jacques Saoutchik.
Find out more on the event’s website.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.

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