1931 Mercerdes 200SS/W21 Stuttgart ‘SS’ Sports Roadster  Chassis no. 85053 Engine no. 85053

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1931 Mercerdes 200SS/W21 Stuttgart ‘SS’ Sports Roadster
Chassis no. 85053 Engine no. 85053

Sold for € 49,450 (US$ 55,067) inc. premium
1931 Mercerdes 200SS/W21 Stuttgart ‘SS’ Sports Roadster
Chassis no. 85053
Engine no. 85053
Entre la fusion de Daimler et Benz en 1926 et l'apparition en 1931 de la 170 de conception moderne, créée par Hans Nibel, c'est la Mercedes Stuttgart qui représente la majeure partie de la production de la marque. Créateur de la légendaire "Blitzen Benz" 200 ch, Nibel prend le 1er janvier 1929 la responsabilité de Directeur Technique de Daimler-Benz, après avoir partagé ce poste avec Ferdinand Porsche depuis le rapprochement des deux sociétés en juin 1926.
Bien que les puissants modèles à compresseur de la marque attirent alors les regards, la plus modeste Stuttgart est d'une importance commerciale capitale, et l'incapacité de Ferdinand Porsche à le percevoir a contribué à sa démission, en 1928. Modifiée par Nibel après le départ de Porsche, la Stuttgart sous toutes ses formes va constituer la base de toute la production Mercedes-Benz, et un immense succès.
Produite en versions 2 litres (200) et 2,6 litres (260), la Stuttgart est une voiture bien conçue qui répond à l'aboutissement de la technologue ancienne, plutôt qu'aux balbutiements de la nouvelle. La puissance est fournie par un six cylindres latéral doté d'un vilebrequin à sept paliers, alors que le châssis à longerons en U accueille un pont arrière rigide, des ressorts semi-elliptiques et des freins à commande mécanique. La boîte de vitesses comporte trois rapports commandés au plancher ; le radiateur est monté verticalement à l'avant et les roues sont de type artillerie. La vitesse maximum se situe autour de 80 km/h. La Stuttgart offre de nombreuses versions de carrosseries, réalisées par Sindelfingen : berline, cabriolet, roadster, limousine Pullman, taxi, utilitaires et même une version militaire. La production totale de la Stuttgart 200 s'élève à 6 450 exemplaires quand le modèle est remplacé, en 1933.
Livrée neuve à Zurich, en Suisse, comme l'a confirmé Mercedes Classic, cette Stuttgart 200 dont les numéros correspondent est un des rares Sports Roadster "SS", dont la production s'est limitée à 22 unités. La voiture comporte le certificat d'homologation n° 0749 délivré par l'ASI. Elle représente une occasion rare d'acquérir un roadster d'avant-guerre produit à un très faible nombre d'exemplaires, et dont on estime que peu ont survécu.

From the time of the merger of Daimler and Benz in 1926 until the advent of Hans Nibel’s advanced 170 in 1931, it was the Stuttgart that comprised the bulk of Mercedes-Benz production. Creator of the legendary 200 horsepower ‘Blitzen Benz’, Nibel took over responsibility as Technical Director of Daimler-Benz on 1st January 1929, having shared the post with Ferdinand Porsche since the two companies’ amalgamation in June 1926.
Although the firm’s large supercharged models attracted the headlines, the ‘bread-and-butter’ Stuttgart was of far greater commercial importance, and it was Porsche’s perceived failure to get it right that contributed to his resignation in 1928. Revised by Nibel after Porsche’s departure, the Stuttgart in its many forms would go on to become the backbone of Mercedes-Benz production and a huge success.
Built in 2.0-litre (200) and 2.6-litre (260) versions, the Stuttgart was a well-engineered car that represented the last of the old technology rather than the first of the new. A six-cylinder, seven-bearing sidevalve engine provided the power, while the channel-section chassis featured live axles, semi-elliptical springs and mechanical brakes. The gearbox was a three-speed unit with floor change; the radiator was flat-fronted and the steel wheels were of the artillery type. Top speed was in the region of 80km/h (50mph). Featuring coachwork by Sindelfingen, the Stuttgart was manufactured in a wide variety of forms: saloon, cabriolet, roadster, Pullman limousine, taxicab, various commercials and even a military version. Total production of the Stuttgart 200 had amounted to 6,450 cars when the model was superseded in 1933.
Confirmed by Mercedes Classic as delivered new to Zurich, Switzerland, this matching numbers Stuttgart 200 is an example of the rare ‘SS’ Sports Roadster version, only 22 of which were built. The car comes with an Italian A.S.I. homologation certificate number 0749. A rare opportunity to acquire a pre-war sports roadster produced in very low numbers and of which very few are believed to survive to date.
1931 Mercerdes 200SS/W21 Stuttgart ‘SS’ Sports Roadster  Chassis no. 85053 Engine no. 85053
1931 Mercerdes 200SS/W21 Stuttgart ‘SS’ Sports Roadster  Chassis no. 85053 Engine no. 85053
1931 Mercerdes 200SS/W21 Stuttgart ‘SS’ Sports Roadster  Chassis no. 85053 Engine no. 85053
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