Lot 136
1934 Mercedes-Benz 500 Nürburg Cabriolet Chassis no. M84785 Engine no. M84785
Sold for €240,000 (US$ 321,096) inc. premium
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1934 Mercedes-Benz 500 Nürburg Cabriolet
Coachwork by Voll & Ruhrbeck

Chassis no. M84785
Engine no. M84785


  • La Mercedes 500 Nürburg, une des 931 construites, que nous proposons à la vente a été carrossée en cabriolet par la 'Karosserie Voll & Ruhrbeck', de Berlin-Charlottenburg et Essen.

    Fondée en 1920, l'entreprise 'Voll & Ruhrbeck' était spécialisée dans la fabrication de carrosseries pour les marques de prestige - principalement Allemandes - ainsi que la fourniture de carrosserie standard pour plusieurs fabricants mineurs. L'entreprise a disparu après la seconde guerre. D'après nos informations, cette carrosserie a été commandée par le premier propriétaire de la voiture, le Comte Autrichien Laurea, et est supposée être unique.

    Il s'agit d'un type de carrosserie relativement rare sur ce modèle de châssis, la Nürburg étant plus souvent carrossée en berline.

    Les documents contenus dans le dossier suggèren que la Nürburg a été livrée neuve en Autriche avant d'être expédiée en Afrique du Sud durant les années 40, après guerre, elle aurait été cachée en Suisse.

    En Afrique du Sud la voiture est restée en possession de son propriétaire initial jusqu'au début des années 60, puis est passée dans les mains de différents collectionneurs locaux, avant d'être exportée au Royaume-Uni vers 1990. Cette Nürburg a été immatriculée en 1991 par M. John Messinger de Cambridge. M. Joe Cashin en a fait l'acquisition le 22 Décembre 1993. Ce dernier a conservé la voiture jusqu'au milieu des années 2000.
    En Mars 2006, la voiture a été acquise par un collectionneur privé, et a intégré son importante collection.

    Elle a été entretenue par deux mécaniciens privés, et a été utilisée occasionnellement pour des balades autour des lacs italiens.

    Cette 500 Nurburg châssis 'M84785' est peinte en noir avec capote de même couleur ; l'intérieur est beige, le tableau de bord en érable (ou peut-être noyer). Tous les contacteurs semblent être présents et corrects.
    Les autres caractéristiques dignes d'être mentionnées sont : les deux roues de secours arrière, les plaques d'identification du carrossier et les projecteurs Carl Zeiss de grand diamètre.

    Bien que la voiture ait bénéficié il y a quelque temps d'une restauration de qualité, quelques taches sont apparues sur la carrosserie ainsi que des éclats sur les boiseries de portières.

    La voiture est vendue avec sept contrôles techniques Anglais expirés (MoT) pour la période 1994-2004, ainsi qu'avec des copies d' anciens documents d'immatriculation Anglais (V5).

    Les papiers d'immatriculation relatifs au numéro 'ESK 157' sont des copies, une demande devra être faite afin d'obtenir un duplicata.

    At the end of the First World War both Daimler and Benz went back to producing cars. Trading conditions in the early 1920s though, were extremely difficult: the War had left Germany's economy in ruins and there was rampant inflation. Of the 86 German car factories operating in 1924, only 19 were in existence three years later. If the two great rivals were to survive, it would have to be in partnership. On 1st July 1926 Daimler and Benz completed their merger, the two companies having paved the way with a technical co-operation agreement in 1924. By this time, Paul Daimler, founder Gottlieb's son and the company's Chief Engineer, had moved to Horch, his place being taken by Professor Ferdinand Porsche.

    Porsche would stay with Daimler-Benz until 1928, one of the final designs produced under his stewardship being the Nürburg, which at the time of its introduction was the company's grandest model. Embodying tradition and innovation in equal measure, the Nürburg featured a conventional U-section chassis, rigid axles and semi-elliptic springing, but was powered by a modern straight-eight engine that combined the engine block and upper crankcase in a single casting. Displacing 4,592cc in the Nürburg's first (Type 460) incarnation, this unit would be enlarged to 4,918cc for the Type 500 in 1931.

    Porsche's successor, Hans Nibel later produced a kurz (short) version of the Nürburg with 11' 3" wheelbase, but most customers preferred the long (12' 4") wheelbase model that was most often seen with formal coachwork. The Nürburg's intended market, were the upper echelons of society which appreciated its discreet presence, flawless build quality and effortless performance.

    One of only 931 Nürburg 500s built, the wonderful example offered here wears cabriolet coachwork by Karosserie Voll & Ruhrbeck, of Berlin-Charlottenburg and Essen. Founded in 1920, Voll & Ruhrbeck specialised in bodying prestige marques - mainly German - as well as supplying standard bodywork for more modest manufacturers. The firm did not reappear after WW2. We understand the body was commissioned by the car's first owner, the Austrian Count Laurea, and is believed to be unique in its styling to his own design. It is a relatively rare example of soft-top coachwork on the Nürburg chassis, which tended to attract more formal, enclosed designs.

    Paperwork on file suggests that the Nürburg was delivered new to Austria before being shipped to South Africa at some time during the 1940s, having spent the war – it is believed – hidden away in Switzerland. In South Africa the car remained in the possession of its original owner until the early 1960s, passing through the hands of a few local collectors before being exported to the UK circa 1990.

    The Nürburg was first registered in the UK in 1991 with a Mr John Bessinger of Cambridgeshire and was subsequently acquired, on 22nd December 1993, by Mr Joe Cashin, in whose ownership it remained until the mid-2000s. In March 2006 the car was acquired by a private collector, forming part of his large collection and being maintained by two resident engineers. While in his possession it has been used sparingly for tours around the Italian lakes and is reported to be driving well.

    Chassis number 'M84785' is finished in black with matching hood and fawn interior featuring bird's eye maple (or possibly walnut) dashboard and door cappings. All switchgear seems to be present and correct. Other noteworthy features include twin rear-mounted spares, ornate coachbuilder's plaques and imposing Carl Zeiss large-diameter headlamps. The car was evidently restored to a high standard some while ago but has mellowed slightly with a few cosmetic blemishes to the paintwork and a chip or two off the wooden door cappings.

    Accompanying documentation includes assorted correspondence, seven expired UK MoT certificates from the period 1994-2004, and copies of old UK V5 registration documents. That relating to the current registration 'ESK 157' is a copy also and an application would have to be made in order to obtain a duplicate. A unique example of a magnificent and imposing model from one of the most respected marques in the history of the motor car.
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