Sep 05 2017

Close-ups of Two 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Winners

A visit to Steve Babinski's Automotive Restoration's shop in Lebanon, New Jersey is always a treat. This Saturday, automotive historian Walt Gosden, his son Trevor and I were rewarded with the opportunity to view two amazing automobiles that were winners at  this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.


Howard Kroplick

1929 Merceds-Benz S Barker Tourer

2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Awards:

-Best of Show

-Best of Show Nominee

-First in Class-Mercedes-Benz Prewar

-Most Elegant Open Car

-Grand Turismo Trophy Details on the 1929 Mercedes S Barker Tourer

1947 Delahaye 135 MS Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet

Steve Babinski in front of the 1947 Delahaye. Steve's shop also restored the 1937 Chrysler's Chrysler.

2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Awards:

-First in Class- Postwar Grand Touring

-The French Cup

Wayne's Grafton's Delahaye was one of only seven built.


Sep 07 2017 Ted 12:22 AM

Wow,what cars they are. You probably wish you had them.

Howard Kroplick

Ted, simple answer: Yes!!!!

Sep 08 2017 Ted 2:48 AM

I now what you mean,you can only think about it,right?,only if I could

Sep 09 2017 S. Berliner, III 11:21 PM

Say what you will, that S-Modell’s no 1929 car!  The minimal special bodywork back aft may well be but the cowl, bonnet, grille, and chassis are strictly 1927!  The engine and chassis serial numbers should clarify that beyond question.  Send them along to the Daimler-Benz Museum Classic Archiv for verification.  Sam, III

Sep 10 2017 Walt Gosden 4:17 PM

Sam, educate us all, tell us the differences in the chassis/cowl etc between the 1927 and 1929 Mercedes. Why is it a strictly 1927? What should be be looking for or at to see the differences?
thanks, Walt

Sep 11 2017 S. Berliner, III 12:13 AM

Walt, I happen to be a bit of a specialist on the 1927-1934 series of S and SS model Mercedes-Benz cars so the little finesses matter to me, as noted at <>, et seq.  The huge predecessor so-gennant “K” cars were drastically lowered in 1927 to create the radical low-slung S model with a monster 6-cylinder 6.8 litre supercharged engine.  The following year, 1928, M-B upped the stroke to get the SS’s 7,020 (“7.1”) litre engine but that exceeded the height of the bonnet so it was raised about 50mm.  The dead give-away is the height of the side hinge line above the top of the outside pipes; the hinge almost sits on the S pipes but clearly is well above them on the SS, as shown at <> or scroll down to DID YOU KNOW DEPARTMENT for the differences between S and SS models.  The S model was not continued into 1928, let alone 1929.  I did note two customizing features up forward on the McCaw car that I’d missed previously, though; the windscreen upper panel is divided and the whole screen is vee’ed and the bonnet top panels are louvred - both non-standard for early stock Sindelfingen bodies.  Later SS sports cars did offer the the upper bonnet panel louvres, as seen on the Trossi car.  [Hey, you asked!]  The ID panel with the body, chassis, and engine serial numbers would tell us for sure; those numbers can be run past the Daimler Museum’s Classic Archiv for verification.  Sam, III

Sep 11 2017 Walt Gosden 8:57 AM

Thanks Sam, I am always interested to know what is what, and to have it explained so we can all understand it is great. Just from a coachwork standpoint of which I take special interest in, since this is a custom body made specific for an owner anything past the firewall was fair game for change even if the cowl, windshield etc was supplied by the factory, it all could have been altered to suit.

May 19 2019 Russell Stone 11:03 AM

While strictly a technical novice regarding these striking classics, I love their period beauty.

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