The brand Mercedes he owes much of his glamorous style to the open-top cars and gull-wing racing cars that have made Germany and beyond dream since the 1950s. For this reason at the 70th Pebble Beach Concours de Elegance, which will be held on August 15, 2021, many ‘SL‘of the Stuttgart company will be present to honor a path born in 1952 with the legendary 300 SL protagonist of sports racing and laboratory for testing the best technical solutions of the brand.
Mercedes will be present at the famous Pebble Beach Golf Club with the progenitor of the SL family, whose identification code is “W 194”: this is car number 11, a prototype which was then developed again in 1953. Substantially unique car. Then there will be a W 198, more commonly known as the 1957 300 SL Roadster. Also officially featured is a 1969 280 SL Pagoda, a 1982 380 SL, a 2001 SL 500 Silver Arrow Edition and a 2003 SL 55 AMG.
The special relationship that the SL family has with the American market will also be celebrated on site: just think that according to data from the Stuttgart company in 1954 and 1955, 85 percent of the 996 300 SL produced were exported to the United States; and over the entire production period of the same model from the United States, more than half of the orders arrived.
There will be many models also shown by private individuals, including other cars of this family: two 300 SL Gullwing and a 230 SL Pininfarina Coupé from 1964. Mercedes defines the Pebble Beach event as one of the most ‘exclusive’ on the international calendar for classic cars, both for the beauty of the cars on display, which goes far beyond belonging to a given brand, and for the elegance carried forward also by exhibitors and patrons, who dust off the best clothes to be part of a very special event. In 2020 the event was canceled due to Covid, while this year, between vaccines and health safety measures, it was decided to go ahead.