Featured Auction - 1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet
The very existence of the 320 was a tribute to how far Mercedes-Benz had come since German financiers forced the merger of Daimler and Benz.
The very existence of the 320 was a tribute to how far Mercedes-Benz had come since German financiers forced the merger of Daimler and Benz to survive the economic chaos after World War I.
Estimate (€): 550,000 - 700,000.
For sale in an upcoming auction on October 15th, in the Mercedes-Benz Center Paris located in Rueil-Malmaison.
In the history of Mercedes-Benz, the 320 succeeded the 290. It was lower and a little longer than its predecessor, thus making it more elegant. The 290 lead its market segment from 1933 till the unveiling of the 320 at the 1937 Berlin Motor show. The inspiration of the design, courtesy the racer Max Zailer, was none other than the very opulent 'Silver Arrow' 540K. The 320 from the late 1930s was similar in rank in the Mercedes-Benz range as the E-Class today. It was the perfect compromise between the monsters with supercharged 8-cylinders as represented by the 500 and 540K of the time. But contrary to the situation today, the 320 did get the most exclusive of bodies from the 'bigger sisters' in the range. Equipped with a six-cylinder 3.4L engine, mated to a 4-speed gearbox, it was also much less heavy, which offered excellent handling and performance. The model on offer represents the ultimate in bodywork from Mercedes-Benz at that time: a Cabriolet A, with 2 doors and 2/3 seats under the convertible top. Moreover, it is worth noting that this model is the most sought-after, the rarest, and the most exclusive. The particular story of this 320 is quite unknown until its incredible discovery in Latvia in the 1990s. In the historical file accompanying the car are many photographs of this 320 as found. From 1999 to 2001, the car was sent to Szielasko, a specialist restorer of Mercedes, Maybach and Horch cars, who made a jewel of a car you can really admire during the exhibition.
An inspection report of 2009 details the work carried out. Everything has been completely redone, without any costs considerations. The mechanicals were redone by Götzinger in 2001. The current owner acquired the car in 2002, after this restoration. He has used it very sparingly, taking him mainly from Concours d'Elegance to gatherings in which the car has regularly received awards. This 320 features the perfect combination of colors, silver and dark green, with dark green leather. A third seat is placed behind the front seats, allowing for a child to be taken during rallies or drives. Its dashboard is in elm and is in an absolutely perfect state, its finish flawless. Chrome parts, both interior and exterior, present themselves in a state as coming fresh out of a restoration. It has two spare wheels placed on the boot, which gives the car, in addition to its very low windscreen, a line that is most sporting and very impressive.
This 320 Cabriolet A, with matching numbers, represents what was the best at its time. It will surely bring its buyer many more awards in Concours d'Elegance, and will allow him or her to drive in the utmost comfort and unique refinement.