Mercedes-Benz Drives 100 Years with Sports Cars

Mercedes-Benz celebrates its super sports car heritage with eight vehicles on display at the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance weekend. The cars include a privately owned 1902 Simplex that is being driven 1,500 miles to Pebble Beach and a 300SLR “Uhlenhaut Coupe” from the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.

From August 12-15, 2010, the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge also showcases the entire line of E-Class vehicles, a Sony Gran Turismo 5 gaming sled, and Maybach display in addition to SLS AMG test drives and a selection of Mercedes-Benz Classic Center vehicles that are available for purchase.

Eight super sports cars span 108 years of Mercedes-Benz history.

Starting with a 1902 Mercedes Simplex, the lineup of super sports cars includes a 1929 SSK; 1952 W194 300SL; 1955 W196 300SLR “Uhlenhaut Coupe;” 1956 W198 300SL; 1970 C111-II; 2011 SLS AMG; and the 2011 SLS AMG GT3 that is expected to hit race circuits later this year.

Positioned on the third fairway at Pebble Beach, the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge provides a view of the Pebble Beach course and offers an interactive luxury experience, says the company.

For those who want to continue driving a classic, the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center will have five examples for purchase including: a fire engine red 1955 300SL Gullwing, a graphite grey 1956 300Sc Cabriolet with a dove grey interior, a strawberry red 1957 300SL roadster, a dark green 1966 230SL, and a moss green 1958 180D.

The Star Lounge is open to the public from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM Thursday, August 12th through Sunday, August 15th.

First conducted in 1950, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance ( is considered premier celebration of the automobile. The rare cars are invited to appear on the famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. Connoisseurs of art and style come to see them.

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Rakesh Raman