Did Mercedes Jellinek actually drive this car? The photograph originates from around 1910 and shows the young lady at the wheel of a Grand Prix car built in 1906 – elegantly dressed with a hat and long skirt, looking shyly into the camera. This black-and-white photograph was a breath-taking find for Mercedes-Benz Classic: it is the only known photo showing the lady who lent her name to the famous vehicle brand sitting in a car named after her. Mercedes in a Mercedes, so to speak. Her father, the Austrian businessman Emil Jellinek, who sold numerous vehicles for Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) and made the brand well-known, had the idea of giving the name "Daimler-Mercedes" to a new model series.
The photos and personal documents that shed new light on Mercedes Jellinek, born 16 September 1889, come from the estate of her son. "Goose-bump material", as Jürgen E. Wittmann, head of the Mercedes-Benz Classic archives, says reverently.