8-9 September 2013

Mercedes Collection

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Lot 109

1932 Mercedes-Benz 8/38 HP Stuttgart 200 Cabriolet

  • Chassis no. 84557
  • Engine no. 80680

Sold for £48,160

38 bhp, 1988 cc inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, solid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,820 mm

Prior to 1929, the mid-sized Mannheim was known as the Mercedes-Benz 8/38, which represented the tax horsepower, 8, and the manufacturers claimed horsepower, 38. For 1929, the model was re-launched under the Mercedes-Benz Type Stuttgart 200 title. This example is fitted with a lovely two-door cabriolet body, and it was delivered new via the Daimler-Benz branch in Chemnitz in February 1932. The body is finished in a lovely two-tone blue and Ivory. It was the recipient of an older restoration, as there are buffing marks and a few chips to be found on the panel edges, the tastefully simplistic brightwork has been re-plated, and the nicely polished aluminium trim displays a nice patina. A corresponding dark blue cloth top adorns this Cabriolet and presents no obvious flaws. This Cabriolet is fitted with several attractive accoutrements as well, including cowl-mounted trafficators, a driver’s side spotlight with mirror, and a rear-mounted boot. The steel artillery wheels are Ivory and shod with B.F. Goodrich Silvertown blackwall tyres.

The 38-brake horsepower inline six-cylinder engine that is residing under the hood is finished in grey, and some of the ancillary components have obviously been paint-detailed. Whilst the fitment of the louvered dust shields is a practical and attractive addition. The chassis has been refinished in flat black for a tidy appearance. The dark blue seats and complementary blue carpeting both show no apparent wear or soiling. The headliner, made of tan cloth, shows only light soiling. A tasteful weave of dark and light wood trim, which has been refinished and displays quite well, balances the lightly worn chrome switchgear adorning the dashboard and door panels. The elegant wooden steering wheel exhibits inviting patina, which adds to the overall character of this lovely Cabriolet. With a light detailing and servicing, this Cabriolet could make a fine tourer that would be welcome at many Mercedes-Benz club rallies, amongst other historic motoring tours.

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