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Mercedes Targa Florio | 1923 Mercedes Targa Florio 28/95 Model


28/95 Targa Florio

One of the best performing cars of its day, the imposing 28/95 was powered by a massive 7.2-liter, six-cylinder, single overhead cam aero engine adapted for road use.  While most 28/95 models were built on long wheelbase chassis suitable for formal coachwork, a short wheelbase chassis was used for the rakish Targa Florio, so named because of Mercedes’ success with similar cars at the famous event in 1921 and 1922. This roadster was commissioned by the American Mercedes Company of New York City in 1923 and delivered in 1924.  Renowned NBC Radio orchestra leader Don Ricardo acquired the rare car in 1986 and retained it until his death in 2001.


The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Collection