7 February 2018

1942 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet F

  • Chassis no. 142042 0541
  • Engine no. 440780

Without Reserve

Documents: Portuguese Certificado de Matrícula

  • Rare seven-passenger Cabriolet F model
  • Desirable later chassis with larger engine
  • Numerous factory accessories

Launched in 1937 as the direct successor to the Type 290, W18, the Type 320, W142, incorporated several cosmetic and design changes, for an updated appearance. The body was given longer overhangs and was widened, which gave the new Type 320 a more streamlined form. For the 1938 model year, a larger engine, which this example utilises, was offered. The Type 320 remained nearly unchanged from 1938 until production ended in 1942.

The seven-passenger Cabriolet F offered here is an older restoration in a two-tone wine and black, and it appears to have been well maintained over the years, with cosmetic freshening as required. Accessorised with dual side-mounted spares, body-colour disc wheels with chrome covers, a wood-grained luggage rack and a divider window that allows the car to be used as a limousine with the top raised. It has a stately, formal aura, which is befitting of a convertible that is to be driven by chauffeur on the most elegant of occasions.

• Rare modèle Cabriolet F sept places
• Désirable châssis de fin de production, avec le plus gros moteur
• Nombreux accessoires usine

Lancée en 1937 pour remplacer la Mercedes Type 290, W18, la Type 320, W142, a fait l'objet de nombreuses modifications cosmétiques et de forme, pour présenter une allure plus moderne. La carrosserie était élargie et affichait des porte-à-faux plus importants, ce qui donnait à la 320 une forme plus profilée. Pour l'année-modèle 1938, un moteur de plus grosse cylindrée, dont cet exemplaire est équipé, était proposé. La Type 320 est restée pratiquement inchangée de 1938 jusqu'à la fin de la production, en 1942.

Le Cabriolet F sept places proposé ici a bénéficié d'une restauration ancienne dans une teinte deux-tons rouge bordeaux et noir, et a fait l'objet par la suite d'un entretien régulier et de soins cosmétiques quand c'était nécessaire. Cette voiture est dotée de deux roues de secours dans les ailes, de jantes couleur carrosserie avec enjoliveurs chromés, d'un porte-bagage orné de baguettes de bois et d'une vitre de séparation chauffeur, ce qui permet de l'utiliser comme une limousine lorsque la capote est en place. Cette automobile affiche un prestige statutaire et formel, ce qui convient parfaitement à une découvrable conduite par un chauffeur dans les grandes occasions.

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