Concours of Elegance 2018 Welcomes ‘The Worlds Finest’ Car

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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance ‘Best in Show’ 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker ‘Boat Tail’ will feature at Concours of Elegance 2018

60 of the rarest and most unique cars around the world will once again head to the prestige Concours of Elegance, Hampton Court Palace 2018.

Many of these amazing vehicles will never have been witnessed by the expectant UK public, and will also take part in a 2 day driving tour in the days leading up to the main Concours event.

Unlike many other, the Concours of Elegance winner is not given a podium allocation by the usual panel of expert judges, but by the owners themselves.

Each and every participant is asked to cast their deciding vote on the ‘other’ models being showcased at this spectacular event. The eventual winner is then awarded the coveted ‘Best of Show’.

1928 Mercedes-Benz S
1928 Mercedes-Benz S

Concours of Elegance – Best In Show

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance ‘Best in Show’-winning 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer ‘Boat Tail’ – arguably the finest car in the world – has now been confirmed for Concours of Elegance 2018.

This year’s event, hosted at Hampton Court Palace from 31 August to 2 September, represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for visitors to see the award-winning Mercedes as it comes to the UK for the first time since 1958.

Based on the 1927 Mercedes S-Type, the unique ‘Boat Tail’ was one of the most powerful road-going automobiles in the world in period, developed as the perfect road-going, race capable car.

1928 Mercedes-Benz S
1928 Mercedes-Benz S

Originally owned by racing enthusiast and British Racing Drivers’ Club co-founder Earl Howe, this car was fitted with a revolutionary body which incorporated a lightweight and aerodynamic shell with unique aircraft-inspired aluminium side pods crafted by English coachbuilders Barker.

The car was a regular on tours, trials and competition events in the UK before new ownership in 1958 took it to America, where it has remained, and will remain, until it travels across the Atlantic for the Concours of Elegance from 31 August to 2 September.

First Sold

When it was first sold to American owners, the car was repainted in a dark maroon colour and the rear of the car was renovated to sport an additional spare tyre instead of its distinctive ‘Boat Tail’. But, its most recent owner has just completed a multi-year project of restoring the car to its former glory.

1928 Mercedes-Benz S
1928 Mercedes-Benz S

The majority of Earl Howe’s unique specifications were all-but-lost until a host of photographs unearthed aspects of the original vehicles.

They revealed the missing ‘Boat Tail’, numerous reflective surfaces, custom touring luggage and a red spotlight which was given to Members of Parliament to alert other road users to their status. Upon disassembly patches of the Earl Howe’s signature Peacock Blue paint were also discovered, which has now been sympathetically recreated.

Visitors to this year’s Concours of Elegance will not only be treated to the unique ‘Boat Tail’ but to around 60 other extremely rare or unique vehicles in the Main Concours event. Telling the complete story of the motorcar, the Concours will begin with a 1903 Panhard et Levassor and finish with one of 2018’s most exclusive supercars.

Concours of Elegance Managing Director, Andrew Evans, said:
“The Mercedes S-Type ‘Boat Tail’ is such a special car, and we’re incredibly privileged to have it at Concours of Elegance 2018. This car won’t have turned a wheel in the UK during many people’s lifetimes, so it’s an opportunity for our visitors to come and see a real piece of motoring history. Add that to the other 60 cars in our main concours, and nearly 1000 others across the weekend, and you’ll see why we’re so excited about this year’s event.”

1928 Mercedes-Benz S
1928 Mercedes-Benz S

Concours of Elegance is working in conjunction with a number of organisations to offer bespoke experiences for visitors, including the Royal Automobile Club Tour and the Octane Tour, held on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Tickets to the Concours of Elegance are on sale now, available from:

1928 Mercedes-Benz S
1928 Mercedes-Benz S

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