1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558

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1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A

Sold for DKK 3,622,500 (US$ 551,350) inc. premium
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A

Chassis no. 172289
Engine no. 10142029558

3,208 cc Inline 6-cylinder Engine
Single Solex 32 JFF Carburettor
78 bhp at 4,000 rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes


*The style of a 500K Special Roadster at a fraction of the cost
*Discovered by Eberhard Thiesen in Russia
*Built on the short "N" type wheelbase and offered with rare hard top
*High quality restoration presents as virtually fresh
*Tasteful silver and saddle livery complements the swoopy lines of the coachwork



THE MERCEDES-BENZ 320 W142

Some of the most desirable cars in the world in the late 1930s were the Mercedes-Benz 500 and 540K sports models. Combining lusciously swoopy lines with a supercharged litre engine, the Mercedes-Benz provided the ultimate in personal transportation. The Type 320 offered a nicely sized, very comfortable car to Mercedes-Benz customers that exhibited the same general appearance as the firm's higher-end models at a significantly lower cost. A 6-cylinder 3.2 litre engine powered the 1937 models. Rated at 78bhp, it provided a top speed near 80 mph (130 km/h), when equipped with the optional ZF overdrive transmission.

The chassis featured independent front and rear suspension with coil springs all around, giving the car impressive road manners while passengers enjoyed an especially comfortable ride. Four-wheel hydraulic brakes provided sure stopping power. As with the 290 it replaced, the 320 chassis was offered with in a number of styles – including a state-of-the-art streamlined sedan. Many 320s were supplied with formal limousine and sedan bodies, but it was the cabriolet styles that best captured the essence of the contemporary 500K/540K sports models of the time.

There were three 320 Cabriolet models, designated by code letters. The Cabriolet A was a racy and relatively expensive sports model – it was very much a junior 500K/540K in appearance with two front seats, a third seat set at 90 degrees across the rear and the spare wheel on the boot. The Cabriolet B was a 2-door, 4-window style with front and rear seating, while the Cabriolet D was a 4-door, 4-window style.

A low and distinctive split-vee windscreen arose from the cowl of the 320 Cabriolets, and its panes could be tilted for ventilation. These convertible models' tops were heavily padded in the best German cabriolet tradition to provide exceptional all-weather protection. Stylish and imposing, the 320 Cabriolet A had few peers as examples of open-top motoring in the grand manner, affording their fortunate owners the style of a 500K, but without the latter's considerable purchase and running costs.


THE MOTOR CAR OFFERED

In many ways, the Mercedes 320 two-door Cabriolet A really is a pocket-size 500/540K Spezial Roadster. The elegantly slanted split windscreen, the smooth sweep of the front and rear fender lines, as well as the gradually sloping rear deck with its continental-style spare wheel all manage to evoke its larger and hugely expensive sibling.

A query to the Mercedes-Benz Classic archives has elicited the response that chassis 172289 was produced in the Daimler-Benz Mannheim plant. Unfortunately, all purchase order books of the Mannheim plant were destroyed during World War II. As a result, as with all chassis laid down in Mannhiem, there is no data available concerning chassis and engine numbers and the Kommissionsnummer.

The noted German dealer in luxury classic cars, Eberhard Thiesen, discovered 172289 in Russia about 15 years ago. Under Mr. Thiesen's supervision, the car was restored in Lithuania. As Mr. Thiesen has also pointed out, since the Mannheim Mercedes factory records was lost during the war, it is unknown if the car had this body type from new. However, remains of the original body were with the car as found, and they suggested that the car did indeed have the special Cabriolet A bodywork with a vee windshield and sporting fenders. Furthermore, this 320 is built on the short W142/l or N type chassis. After the discovery, the body was reconstructed and a complete mechanical restoration was performed. All work was done under the supervision of Mr. Thiesen. A hard top comes with the car; a rare factory option for this era of motor car.

The car has seen little use since its completion. The restoration presents near-fresh and reflects the quality of work that Eberhard Thiesen so adamantly insisted on. The silver livery complemented by soft saddle leather is very inviting, as are the white-faced classic instruments with silver bezels set in an elegant semi-oval surround in the thoughtfully polished wooden dashboard. Any red-blooded collector will be excited at the thought of getting behind the wheel of this rare car, settling into the comfortable seat and contemplating the unique view to the famous Mercedes tri-star along the length of the shapely bonnet.


BILEN DER TILBYDES

Man kan med en vis ret hævde, at denne Mercedes-Benz 320 med sit smarte todørs cabriolet karosseri egentlig er en 500/540K Spezial Roadster i lommeformat. Både dens elegante skråtstillede todelte vindspejl og den smukke glidende form på skærmene, samt dens elegant skrånende bagende med reservehjulet anbragt på den europæiske måde vækker minder om dens større og fantastisk kostbare storebror.

På forespørgsel har Mercedez-Benz Classic arkiverne i Stuttgart oplyst at chassis 172289 blev produceret på Daimler-Benz fabrikken i Mannheim. Alle dokumenter i Mannheim blev ødelagt under Anden Verdenskrig, hvorfor der ikke eksisterer data vedrørende bilens chassis- og motornumre, og ej heller dens Kommissionsnummer.

Chassis 172289 blev fundet i Rusland af den tyske klassiske bilforhandler Eberhard Thiesen for cirka 15 år siden. Efterfølgende blev bilen restaureret i Litauen under Thiesens opsyn. På grund de manglende informationer fra fabrikken er det ikke muligt nøjagtigt at fastslå, hvilken karosseritype bilen oprindeligt var udstyret med. Da Thiesen fandt bilen, var der imidlertid dele til stede som sandsynliggør, at bilen muligvis kan have været forsynet med et Cabriolet A karosseri, da den var ny. Denne karosseritype blev så genskabt på chassiset, og en komplet mekanisk restaurering blev udført.

I dag står denne sjældne Mercedes næsten som da den forlod restaureringsværkstedet, og Thiesens tyske grundighed og omhyggelige kvalitetsbevidsthed kan stadig ses, mærkes og opleves til fulde.

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1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320N CABRIOLET A  Chassis no. 172289 Engine no. 10142029558
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