“World’s Finest Car” Coming to London Elegance 2018

By Paul Joseph

A 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer ‘Boat Tail’ – widely considered the finest car in the world – is now confirmed for the 2018 Concours of Elegance in London.

This year’s event, hosted at Hampton Court Palace, represents a unique 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.

Originally owned by racing enthusiast and British Racing Drivers’ Club co-founder Earl Howe, it 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 in August.

Visitors to this year’s Concours of Elegance will also be treated 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.”

The 2018 Pebble Beach Concours of Elegance takes place from 31 August to 2 September.

By Paul Joseph