The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance adds a 1938 540K Autobahn Kurier to its list of winners
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, held every year in the Californian town of Monterey, has established itself as
the main appointment for lovers of automobile beauty. Dozens of classic models are cited every year and are valued by the judges, who choose one of them who deserves to go down in history within the select cast of the Best of Show.
This year, in the 70th edition of the contest, the winner, selected among 230 competitors, has been a
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn Kurier. It is a unique unit, since only two were produced and the other has not survived to this day, and its value is incalculable.
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“This is the only car of this type left and I am the second owner it owns. It is a very special car and we are very happy ”, assured its owner, the collector Arturo Keller, who already won the contest in 1986 (with a Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster) and 2001 (with another Mercedes, an SS Edrmann & Rossi Roadster ).
Presented at the
Berlin Salon of 1938, the 540K Autobahn Kurier explored the aerodynamic limits of the time, in order to squeeze the most out of the recently inaugurated German motorway network (Autobahn). The car was restored in 2006, shortly after entering the Keller collection, and its triumph allows Mercedes, with nine victories, to equal Bugatti at the Concours, which last year had to be suspended due to the coronavirus.
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230 models competed this year, including a 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Corsica Drophead Coupé, a Ferrari 365 P Pininfarina Berlinetta Speciale and a Maserati A6G Zagato Coupé. The contest has raised $ 1.75 million for charities.