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, 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. "Goosebump material", as Jürgen E. Wittmann, head of Mercedes-Benz Classic Archive, says full of awe.