1936 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet A  Chassis no. 135837

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Lot 688
1936 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet A
Chassis no. 135837

£ 110,000 - 120,000
US$ 140,000 - 160,000
Withdrawn
1936 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet A
Coachwork by Sindelfingen

Chassis no. 135837

Footnotes

  • More famous as the creator of Mercedes-Benz’s successful W25 racer, technical director Hans Nibel was also responsible for a car which, although considerably less exciting, was to be one of the Stuttgart factory’s most influential designs. With the market for its luxury models hard hit by the Depression, Mercedes-Benz sought to establish itself in the medium-priced family car market sector with the 170. Launched in 1931, the latter embodied Nibel’s advanced ideas on chassis design, featuring a box-section frame with independent suspension all round and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Its power unit was a six-cylinder sidevalve of 1,692cc, which transmitted its modest power via a four-speed gearbox to a rubber-mounted differential.
    Competitively priced, the 170 was a huge success and spawned a family of larger-engined, more-powerful models, the first of which - the 200 - appeared in 1932. The 200 was joined in 1934 by the outwardly similar 2.9-litre 290, the latter featuring revised front suspension among other improvements, and capable of a maximum speed of around 70-75mph depending on the style of coachwork fitted. The 290 was available in both short and long chassis variants, the latter affording coachbuilders greater freedom of expression. There were as many as 14 different body styles available in Germany, Mercedes-Benz’s in-house coachbuilder Sindelfingen’s stylish Cabriolet A looking remarkably like a scaled-down 540K. Production of the 290 ceased in 1936, by which time 3,929 cars had been built.
    This beautiful Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet A on the long chassis previously formed part of an important private collection in Arizona, USA. Finished in red with light tan leather interior, it is fitted with the desirable option of wire wheels. The car is in excellent overall condition, having benefited from restoration in the USA in 1999. It is reported as delightful to drive, courtesy of all-round independent suspension, with a maximum speed of 75mph. Bonhams is not in possession of any early history relating to the vehicle at time of going to press; however, it is hoped that further information may be available at time of sale.

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1936 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet A  Chassis no. 135837
1936 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet A  Chassis no. 135837
1936 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet A  Chassis no. 135837
1936 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet A  Chassis no. 135837
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