CHESTERFIELD, Missouri – The Kemp Auto Museum’s 1931 370S Cabriolet Mannheim Mercedes-Benz won top honors at the recent Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, held at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island and The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach the weekend of March 11-13, 2011.

One of possibly only three left in the world, the Kemp Auto Museum’s rare Mercedes-Benz was recognized as the “Best in Class, European Class Pre-War” automobile at the show.

This is the second win in three years at this prestigious automobile Concours event. In 2009 the Mercedes-Benz 1939 540K Mercedes-Benz won the “Mercedes-Benz Star of Excellence” award at the annual Amelia Island Concours event. According to the Museum’s Executive Director Rodger Van Ness, “This year’s award is a great tribute to the many rare automobiles in the Kemp Auto Museum collection.”

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is by invitation only. Each year, the Amelia Chairman invites only those vehicles which best exemplify the annual theme and class structure.

Van Ness comments, “Being invited again to the Amelia Island Concours for the fourth consecutive year is a major honor, and to have the opportunity to show the crowd and judges our 1931 370S Cabriolet Mannheim Mercedes-Benz was a real treat.” He continues, “Receiving invitations for so many consecutive years is a tribute the one-of-a-kind collection The Kemp Foundation has obtained, and the Kemp Auto Museum maintains.”

Additional information regarding the 2011 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance can be found at

The Kemp Auto Museum collection is built from one of the finest and extensive private collections of classic Mercedes automobiles in the world, and includes the acclaimed coupe, cabriolet, sports car and sedan designs from 1886 up to the present.

To learn more about the Kemp Auto Museum and the collection of classic European automobiles, including the Museum’s 1931 370S Cabriolet Mannheim Mercedes-Benz, please contact Executive Director Rodger Van Ness at (636) 537-1718, or visit the Museum’s web site at

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