The racing driver from Germany was awarded a special trophy for his performance by the Sicilian Automobile Club for the “first in the series class”. The prize was donated by the Italian industrialist Vincenzo Florio, after whom the Targa Florio was named.
Back in Stuttgart, Sailer and Rieger were given a festive welcome at the factory, and their trophy win was celebrated in grand style. For Mercedes, the 1921 Targa Florio was one of the first internationally significant races in which the brand took part after the end of the First World War.
This class victory in 1921 was the first of several important successes for Mercedes and later Mercedes-Benz in the Targa Florio: the following year, in 1922, Count Giulio Masetti won in an enhanced Mercedes 115 PS Grand Prix racing car, while Max Sailer won the class of touring cars with a displacement over 4.5 litres in a Mercedes 28/95 PS – this time equipped with a supercharger.