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Lot 163

1914 Benz 18/45 Four-Passenger Runabout

  • Chassis no. 2009
  • Engine no. 21689

Sold for kr. 2,240,000

This lot will be sold with the following documents: Danish Registration Certificate

Benz & Cie. was building no fewer than 25 different sizes of four-cylinder engines prior to World War I. At 5,890 cc, the 18/45 was near the top of the range, with a T-head engine that had cylinders cast in pairs.

This long-wheelbase Benz is brightly adorned in light grey and accented with red coachlining. The chassis and wheels provide dramatic contrast in bright red, which nicely harmonises with the copious brass brightwork. There are brass side lamps, headlamps and a swivelling spotlight, as well as a serpentine bulb horn. The seating is upholstered in red vinyl, and the cockpit displays a handsome wood dashboard and steering wheel.

Although non-standard in appearance, the car is possessed with good workmanship.

Benz & Cie byggede ikke færre end 25 forskellige størrelser fire-cylindrede motorer før første verdenskrig. Ved 5,890cc var 18/45 tæt på at være topmodellen med en T-head motor med cylindere støbt i par.

Den Benz med lang akselafstand er udsmykket i lys grå med røde sidestriber. Understellet og hjulene giver en dramatisk kontrast i højrødt, som harmonerer med rigelige messingdetaljer. Der er messingsidelamper, forlygter og et drejeligt spotlys, såvel som et snoet horn. Sæderne er polstret med rød vinyl og cockpittet viser et flot træinstrumentbræt og rat.

Selvom udseendet ikke er standard, er bilen præget af godt håndværk.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

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