“Prinz Heinrich” Benz and 24/40 Benz laundalet at Pebble Beach

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Traditionally taking place in the third Sunday of August, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is, as many of you know, one of the most prestigious annual classic car shows in the world.
As accustomed, the tri-star brand will also make an attendance this year, on 18 August, this time by exhibiting two cars restored by the Mercedes-Benz Classic division.

The first car is the so-called “Prinz Heinrich” Benz, which is apparently considered by many automotive historians as the world's first true sports car. Built in 1910, the “Prinz Heinrich” was named after the brother of the German Emperor and featured some of the best automotive technology available at the time, including four-valves per cylinder and dual ignition.

Technical data for the “Prinz-Heinrich” Benz:

Year of construction: 1910
Cylinders: 4
Displacement: 5,715 cc
Power Output: 80 hp (59 kW)
Top Speed: 126 km/h (78 mph)

The second car to be featured by Mercedes-Benz at Pebble Beach is technically the great-great-great-grandfather of the current S-Class. The 1907 24/40 Benz laundalet was at the time part of the new whole series of four-cylinder vehicles that had 28, 35, 40 and 45 hp.

With cylinders cast together in pairs and two-sparks per cylinder, the 6.1-liter engine delivered its power to the rear wheels via chain drive, although at the time it was optionally available with a cardan shaft drive system.

Technical data for the 24/40 hp Benz laundalet

Year of construction: 1907
Cylinders: 4, cast together in pairs
Displacement: 6,107 cc
Power Output: 40 hp (29 kW)
Top Speed: 80 km/h (50 mph)
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