Mercedes sweeps the board at inaugural Istanbul concours

| 27 Jun 2013

A trio of classic Mercedes-Benz cars took all the top honours at the first Istanbul Concours d'Elegance in Turkey on 22-23 June.

Best of Show was won by the AR Collection's 1955 300SL Coupé, while Hasan Basri Temizkan's 1963 190SL secured the People's Choice trophy.

Completing the Mercedes shut-out was Aydin Harezi's 1941 cabriolet, which was awarded the Car of Special Interest gong.

With a special category for 'featured brands' a homegrown class-winner was guaranteed and Ahmet Kaan Onay's 1973 Anadol STC16 came out on top. The short-lived Datsun 240Z lookalike was built from 1973 to 1975 and used 1600cc Ford power, with fewer than 200 examples built.

Other class victories went to a 1980 Ferrari 308GTS, a 1963 M-B 220SE Coupé and a 1933 Buick 66C.

With 60 classics and supercars entered for the concours, organisers now plan to make it an annual event.

For more information visit the Istanbul Concours d'Elegance website. WINNERS

BEST OF SHOWAR COLLECTION - 1955 MERCEDES 300 SL

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AwardHASAN BASRİ TEMİZKAN - 1963 MERCEDES-BENZ 190 SL

EDOX AwardCAR OF SPECIAL INTEREST - AYDIN HAREZİ - 1941 MERCEDES BENZ CABRIOLET

2013 ISTANBUL CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE FEATURED BRAND - ANADOL – FEATURED BRAND Awards1. AHMET KAAN ONAY - 1973 ANADOL STC162. RAHMİ KOÇ MÜZESİ - 1975 OTOSAN BÖCEK3. EKREM VARDAR - 1973 ANADOL STC 16

EXOTICS 1. NİCHOLAS J. PAPAZOĞLU - 1980 FERRARİ 308 GTS2. CAN IŞIK - 1998 LOTUS ESPRIT GT33. GÖKHAN ÇETİNSAYA - 1998 LAMBORGHINI DIABLO ROADSTER

COLLECTABLES 1. ORHAN ARSEL - 1963 MERCEDES BENZ 220 SE COUPE2. AR COLLECTION - 1968 ASTON MARTIN DBS VANTAGE3. MURAT ARİF SUYABATMAZ - 1967 JAGUAR E-TYPE

CLASSICS1. AR COLLECTION - 1955 MERCEDES 300 SL2. HASAN İNSEL - 1960 MERCEDES BENZ 190 SL3. ŞÜKRÜ DEMİRAYAK - 1959 GM CADILLAC CONVERTIBLE

ANTIQUES1. RAHMİ KOÇ MUSEUM - 1933 BUICK 66C CONVERTIBLE2. VURAL AK - 1929 PACKARD EIGHT 6333. MURAT & SELİM ÖZGÖRKEY - 1910 BUICK 16 ROADSTER