Paris

7 February 2018

1937 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet A

  • Chassis no. 121584
  • Engine no. 93133

Without Reserve

Documents: Portuguese Certificado de Matrícula


  • Beautiful, well-presented 290
  • Handsome period-correct coachwork by Jahn Bahr Karosserie
  • Elegant colour scheme


This gracious 290 Lang Cabriolet A presents very well in two-tone black and Signal Red. A tag prominently affixed to the cowl indicates that it was re-bodied into its current form in 2004 by Jahn Bahr Karosserie. Today, the exterior finish displays well, with only minor wear to the panel edges and some bubbling near the rear spare tyre carrier. The exterior brightwork has been re-plated and shows light patina from polishing. The black cloth convertible top is nicely fitted, and additional accoutrements include jewels inlaid in the headlight buckets, accessory Hella lights fixed to the front bumper, flush cowl-mounted trafficators, and an elegant whitewall spare tyre mounted flush with the rear deck. The chrome-plated wire spoke wheels, which have red and black painted chrome centre caps and are shod in wide whitewall tyres, show quite well.

The parallel opening bonnet covers the well-kept engine bay, which appears to have been cleaned and cosmetically maintained since its restoration. The six-cylinder engine displays silver and black paint, and many of the ancillary components are finished in the appropriate colours. In addition, modern wiring, tubing and hoses are all visible in the engine bay for added reliability and peace of mind. The chassis exhibits an orderly black finish with minor soiling from use, along with a newer exhaust system.

The well-appointed interior, clad in black vinyl upholstery and black carpeting, exhibits no obvious wear. The interior chrome switchgear, door pulls and still plates have been re-chromed, and the dashboard, clad in dark wood trim, exhibits a refinishing with care taken to preserve its rich appearance.

This lovely Cabriolet A presents well and would make a fine addition to any collection, as it provides the opportunity for touring in elegance and style.





• Superbe 290 de belle présentation
• Très belle carrosserie Jahn Bahr conforme à l'origine
• Élégant thème de couleurs

Cette élégante Mercedes 290 Lang Cabriolet A offre une belle présentation dans son thème bicolore noir et rouge. Une plaque fixée sur l'auvent précise qu'elle a été recarrossée en 2004 dans sa forme actuelle par Jahn Bahr Karosserie. Aujourd'hui, la finition extérieure présente bien, avec simplement une usure mineure sur les angles des panneaux de carrosserie, et quelques cloques sur le support de roue de secours arrière. Les chromes extérieurs ont été refaits et ils montrent une légère patine provenant de ce qu'ils ont été régulièrement astiqués. La capote noire en tissu se monte correctement et la finition inclut des inserts "diamant" dans les phares, des projecteurs additionnels Hella fixés sur le pare-chocs avant, des clignotants au niveau de l'auvent et une élégante roue de secours à flanc blanc intégrée au panneau arrière. Les jantes chromées à rayons, équipées d'enjoliveurs chromés et chaussées de pneus à flancs blancs, sont de belle facture.

Les demi-capots s'ouvrant parallèlement découvrent un compartiment moteur bien tenu, qui a été nettoyé et dont la présentation a été préservée depuis sa restauration. Le moteur six-cylindres montre une peinture argent et noir, et les accessoires affichent pour beaucoup leur teinte correcte. Par ailleurs, le faisceau électrique moderne et toutes les conduites sont bien visibles dans le compartiment moteur, ce qui permet une meilleure fiabilité et plus de tranquillité d'esprit. Le châssis présente une finition noire soignée et n'est qu'à peine souillé par l'utilisation de la voiture. Le système d'échappement est neuf.

L'intérieur bien équipé, avec une sellerie en cuir noir et des moquettes noires, ne montre pas d'usure particulière. Les commandes intérieures, les poignées de portes et les plaques de seuils de portes ont été rechromées et le tableau de bord, doté de garnitures en bois, montre une belle finition, l'entretien ayant visé à en préserver la riche présentation.

Ce séduisant Cabriolet A affiche une belle présentation et constituera un apport appréciable à toute collection, tout en fournissant l'occasion de se déplacer avec style et élégance.

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