1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294

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1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'

Sold for DKK 7,475,000 (US$ 1,124,543) inc. premium
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'
Coachwork in the style of Spohn

Chassis no. 1834
Engine no. 11294

3,790cc OHC Inline 6-cylinder Engine
Two Solex MMO VS 35 Carburetors
140 bhp at 4,000 rpm
5-Speed Maybach DS G 35 Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes


*Exceptionally well restored example of the luxurious SW-38
*Magnificent re-created coachwork in accordance with period Spohn design
*Highly correct in proportion and detail
*A star car at any event



THE MAYBACH SW-38

Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach can be considered two grandfathers of mechanical transportation, and both the Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft and the Maybach Motorenbau had great impact on the early history of the automobile. Wilhlem Maybach worked closely with Gottlieb Daimler during the development of the very first automobile at roughly the same time that Karl Benz was developing his Patentmotorwagen.

Maybach was an incredibly gifted engineer, who among his many inventions could count the honeycomb radiator and the atomising carburetor. Prior to and during World War I, he performed development work on a number of aircraft engines, while perfecting his own large displacement V-12 used to power the dirigibles invented by Count Zeppelin. Maybach's original intention was to remain an engine manufacturer, but he had difficulty finding a market for his technically superior, but always expensive and complex products.

The first Maybach W3 automobile was introduced in 1921, and development over the ensuing years culminated with the fabulous V-12 type DS-7 and DS-8 in the early 1930s. While the absolute pinnacle of engineering at the time, these models were, on the one hand, very large, usually requiring a chauffeur, and incredibly expensive, exclusive and heavy on maintenance on the other with their many cylinders and 8-speed pre-selector vacuum assisted gearboxes. Few had the need for such an over-the-top machine, and even fewer could afford it.

The smaller type SW-38 was introduced in 1936. This was the final model to be released before the war and was available in three versions with straight-six engines of 3.5 litre, 3.8 litre and 4.2 litre capacities. The engineering was a tour-de-force, and the automotive world was stunned by this 6-cylinder car, which was capable of reaching speeds close to 100 mph, a bench-mark velocity during the era. The build quality remained on par with the DS cars, and the exquisite manufacture of even the smallest accessories left absolutely nothing to be desired. Customers were captivated by this new lighter and more agile model. It was a deserved commercial success for the marque and sold well in consideration of its exclusivity. A total of 520 chassis were built between 1936 and 1939, which was a substantial number in Maybach terms. Only around 152 of these fabulous Maybachs are known to exist today, so ownership continues to be very exclusive.


THE MOTOR CAR OFFERED

While the SW-38 was meant to be a new smaller Maybach, "small" is a relative value, and it is only in relation to its gargantuan siblings that the SW-38 can be considered a compact automobile. By any other standard, the SW-38 Special Roadster on offer today is a large, imposing two-passenger convertible, graced with the shapely and supple lines that only a substantial car on a long chassis can possess.

Chassis 1834 was discovered in Hungary some years ago by the well-known German classic car dealer Eberhard Thiesen. The chassis was originally fitted with Pullman Limousine type coachwork, which while practical from a people-mover stand point, did the exclusive chassis no favors in the looks department. Since the original body was in a poor state, it was decided to construct the current body based on period Spohn drawings of another car. The mechanicals and the chassis were restored as correctly as possible and to a high standard. The cream leather interior was also trimmed to a luxurious standard. A correct type engine is fitted, although according to Mr. Thiesen, it may possibly not be the original engine first installed in the chassis. The work was performed over a period of years by UAB Motorai in Vilnius, Lithuania under the close supervision of Mr. Thiesen.

Everything about this car speaks of the craftsmanship and attention to detail that was par for the course during its construction. In period, the Special Roadster was the most sporting bodywork available on the most sporting Maybach chassis. With its two-tone light and dark blue paint and many chrome accents, blue top, the striking sweep of its well-proportioned wings and the long slope of the rear deck which carries the continental spare, it is in every way a breathtaking car which will be a tough act to follow, irrespective of where it may be shown. This is an incomparable opportunity to acquire an exceptionally unique and aristocratic motorcar.


BILEN DER TILBYDES

Denne Maybach SW-38 er Maybachs såkaldt "lille" model – dog må størrelsen betragtes som relativ i forhold til de enorme, 12-cylindrede luksusbiler som Maybach også er kendt for. I enhver anden sammenhæng er denne SW-38 Special Roadster en stor, imponerende topersoners cabriolet med netop de smukke og velproportionerede linjer som kun en imposant bil på et langt chassis kan opnå.

Chassis 1834 blev fundet i Ungarn af den velkendte tyske klassiske forhandler Eberhard Thiesen for nogle år siden. Chassiset var oprindeligt udstyret med et Pullman Limousine karosseri. Da dette originale karosseri var i faldefærdig stand, og der ikke var meget positivt at sige om det ud fra en æstetisk betragtning, blev det besluttet at kreere det karosseri, som bilen har i dag. Designet er baseret på en Spohn tegning fra perioden. Chassiset blev samtidig restaureret til en høj standard, og en motor af den korrekte type blev monteret. Arbejdet blev udført af UAB Motorai i Vilnius, Litauen under Thiesens opsyn. Thiesen solgte den færdige bil til Frederiksen samlingen i december 2013.

Denne Spohn kreation er ekstremt korrekt hvad angår både proportionerne og detaljerne. Special Roadster var det mest sportslige karosseri på det mest sportslige Maybach chassis. Denne bil repræsenter muligheden for at kunne erhverve en helt unik og aristokratisk bil med sportslige præstationer.


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1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
1937 MAYBACH SW-38 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'Coachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1834 Engine no. 11294
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