WORLD’ S FINEST

New Zealand Classic Car - - NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

The Peb­ble Beach Con­cours d’el­e­gance Best in Show–win­ning 1929 Mercedes-benz S Barker Tourer ‘Boat Tail’ is now con­firmed for the UK’S Con­cours of El­e­gance 2018.

The car will re­turn to the UK this year for the first time since 1958, tak­ing its place in the glo­ri­ous grounds of Hamp­ton Court Palace from Au­gust 31 to Septem­ber 2, giv­ing vis­i­tors a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity to view this award-win­ning Mercedes, widely re­garded as the world’s finest car.

Based on the 1927 Mercedes S-type, the unique Boat Tail was one of the most pow­er­ful road-go­ing cars in the world in pe­riod, de­vel­oped as the per­fect road­go­ing, race-ca­pa­ble car. A re­cent restora­tion has re­turned the car to its orig­i­nal state, com­plete with sig­na­ture Blue Pea­cock paint and dis­tinc­tive boat tail.

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

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