1928 Mercedes-Benz Typ S 26/120/180 Supercharged Sports Tourer

Silent streams of super-power… unbounded flexibility … comfort to carry you to the ends of the earth” — quoted period Mercedes-Benz advertising in America for the legendary Typ S

The Typ S was created in a magical period for the company, shortly after the merger of Daimler and Benz, while Ferdinand Porsche was chief engineer. He built a powerful yet versatile automobile — a true all-rounder, at home on the race track, at hillclimbs and providing exhilarating driving for the road. The signature engineering feature was its on-demand Roots-type supercharger, which only came into operation when the accelerator was fully depressed, boosting power output from 120 to 180 brake horsepower for a few glorious seconds!

Mercedes debuted the cars at the opening meeting of the Nürburgring in 1927, where Rudolf Caracciola set the tone with a class win. It would be the first of many laurels bestowed on the model. In the United States, Ralph de Palma drove a Typ S to victory in the 15- and 30-mile races at Atlantic City, averaging 80 mph.

This “Car of Kings” was one of few that were delivered new to North America. It was originally commissioned on February 13, 1928, and was shipped to Berlin to be equipped with coachwork by Erdmann & Rossi — one of only a handful so bodied.

Carl Bomstead

Carl Bomstead - SCM Senior Auction Analyst

Carl has been writing for SCM for 19 years. His first article appeared in the February 1997 issue, and at least one of his articles has appeared in every issue since. When he’s not writing, he serves as a National Director for the Classic Car Club of America and tends to his extensive collection of automobilia. He has been a judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for the past 20 years, and he also judges at Amelia Island and other major concours. An extensive number of collector cars have passed through his garage, and a 1947 Cadillac 62 Series convertible and a 1968 Intermeccanica Italia are current residents.

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