I recently had the opportunity to photograph one of the most beautiful, most elusive cars in the world: the one-off custom-bodied 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK known as the “Count Trossi,” currently owned by Ralph Lauren and rarely shown publicly. It was at the Lime Rock Historics, where it won Best in Show. It being a heavily-attended public event (1,200 cars on display, and who knows how many people), I had to work around the crowds, which wasn’t ideal, but I was able to get some decent shots nonetheless. I was shooting Ektar in my Rolleiflex, a camera made only three years after the car, and which got quite a bit of attention at the event – no small thing, considering the cars on show.
The Count Trossi Mercedes