8-9 September 2013

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Lot 142

1934 Mercedes-Benz 200 Sport Roadster

  • Chassis no. 95681
  • Engine no. 191313

Sold for £86,800

40 bhp 1,961 cc inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed floor shift transmission with fourth-gear overdrive, transverse-spring front suspension, swing axle and coil-spring rear suspension, and front and rear hydraulically actuated brakes. Wheelbase: 2,794 mm

Mercedes-Benz introduced many automobiles with the designation 200, or, in German, the Type 200. To avoid ambiguity, most enthusiasts refer to a particular model’s internal works number. In the case of the 1934 Mercedes-Benz 200 Sport Roadster, the internal works number is W21. The Mercedes-Benz 200, W21, was introduced in 1933 under the same model designation as the previous Mercedes-Benz Type 200 Stuttgart, W02. In contrast to the primitive solid axle and leaf-spring suspension of the Type 200 Stuttgart, the new 200 incorporated transverse-spring front suspension and independent swing axle coil-spring rear suspension, which made a significant improvement to both handling and ride quality. Also, the new 200 utilised a 40-brake horsepower, 1,961-cubic centimetre, inline six-cylinder engine and a four-speed overdrive transmission, which provided a claimed top speed of 98 km/h.

The example offered today, which is believed to have been originally delivered as a cabriolet A, was later fitted with the desirable and rakish sport roadster body that it proudly wears today. This body incorporates seating for two in the driver’s compartment and a rumble seat in the rear deck lid. Finished in a lovely two-tone red, this example presents as a well-cared-for, older cosmetic restoration with minor blemishes from polishing and age. The main body panels, such as the hood, hood sides, doors, and deck lid, are finished in a medium red, whilst the wings, belt line moulding, and rear deck body mouldings are capped in rich maroon. The exterior brightwork, including the radiator shell, stone guard, headlight buckets, and bumpers, all display light patina from age, but they have been buffed to restore their lustre. This Sport Roadster rides on dark red wheels with lovely chrome centre caps, and they are shod in wide whitewall tyres. In keeping with the sporting theme, the windshield can be folded down for extra excitement.

The tidy engine bay holds the six-cylinder engine, which was replaced or rebuilt by Mercedes-Benz, as noted by a stamped tag affixed to the block. The engine appears to have been given a light detailing, as the ancillary components are clean and tidy. The visible frame inside the engine bay and the underside of the chassis still present nicely, with minor signs of soiling showing from age.

This open Sport Roadster is appointed in newer beige leather seats and door panels, which show only minor wrinkling from use, and these are complemented by matching beige carpeting. The dashboard is finished in matching leather, and it is fitted with dual chrome-trimmed glove boxes. The rumble seat, located in the rear deck lid, shows only minor wrinkling from storage and no obvious wear. It requires a special key to open, which is included. This 200 Sport Roadster would be well suited for a leisurely weekend cruise or a spirited country tour, whichever strikes the new owners fancy.

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