1937 Horch 853 Wins Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Joshua Duval
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A 1937 Horch 853 Voll & Ruhrbeck Sport Cabriolet was named Best of Show on Sunday at the 59th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The Horch 853 is owned by Robert M. Lee of Sparks, Nevada, now a two-time winner at Pebble Beach.

"The Horch had wonderful lines, a great proven chassis, and all the beauty that make it the whole package," said Lee, who also won Best of Show at Pebble Beach in 2006. "Pebble Beach is the greatest car show in the world and winning here is indescribable. It's been a wonderful day for us here and I have the best team to thank for making it happen."

The Horch company was founded in 1899 by August Horch, and introduced the all-new Horch 850 in 1935 with a 5-liter, straight-eight engine.The shorter wheelbase version of the 850, dubbed the 853, was popular in Germany among the rich because it offered luxury at a competitive price.The last Horch was produced in 1958.

"This Horch is an incredibly beautiful open car with stunning styling," said Sandra Button, Concours chairman. "It's very Teutonic, but also almost French. It's fantastic. Bb certainly knows how to prepare cars for competition."

This year's Concours saw competitors from 30 states and 19 countries display their automobiles for judging in 28 classes, and it raised more than $1 million for charity for the fourth consecutive year. Celebrities Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld both participated in the event: Leno brought a 1928 Bugatti Type 37A 2 Seat Sports, while Seinfeld presented a 1970 Porsche 908/03 Spyder, winning second place in the Porsche category. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was also a participant, auctioning off his signed bomber jacket.

The 2009 Concours celebrated the centennials of Bugatti, Audi, and Morgan. Next year's Pebble Beach Concours will occur on Sunday, August 15.

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