Amelia Concours — Marque Showcases — Mercedes-Benz 219 Peking-to-Paris, 220SE (Coupe), 250SL Pagoda and Even 500E HAMMER!

Bored of these concours articles yet?! With 3,000 photos snapped in three days — I was even a bit tired of all this out-of-reach metal myself my the end of the weekend.

But there really were some stunning machines in attendance. Best part? Their owners were typically nearby — more than happy to extol the benefits of their cherished cars. And more often, the great care and passion they have put into getting these machines up to show-quality.

Yes, in theory, anyone with a cool car could apply for a lawn badge. But be prepared for light interrogation by fellow cognoscenti!

That thought alone would have me running to clean up some shoddy wires under the hood of my Subaru — let alone a truly classic or vintage automobile.

These five Mercedes-Benz cars really show the depth and breadth of the quality vehicles delivered and cherished in America.


I thought to myself, “Hey. For all the Germans think we spill sodas in the cars and generally trash them full of the American lifestyle — look at these cars. Pride. And Joy. On Wheels.”

1958 Mercedes-Benz 219 Peking to Paris (With The Driver of the Race!)

~1963 220SE Coupe

This coupe had the nicest vintage interior I’ve ever seen.

1962 250SL Pagoda


~1991 500E

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