Treasures from the Z Taylor Vinson Collection 1938 and 1939…

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Maybach SW38

Treasures from the Z. Taylor Collection: 1938 and 1939 SW38 Portfolios

Cover of the Maybach SW38 portfolio in the Z. Vinson Collection.

In his autobiography A Life (an autobiography) . Z. Taylor listed and described a handful of that he referred to as his “Treasures.” The are individual collection items Mr. Vinson was particularly proud of and considered to be of special significance. week, I decided to highlight two from Vinson’s list of a pair of portfolios for the Maybach

The Maybach SW38 was an exclusive car built from 1936 to by Maybach GmbH, a now defunct automobile manufacturer based in Germany. Aimed at a wealthy the SW38 actually represented the low end of model lineup and was offered as a and more modest alternative to the top-of-the-line Maybach Zeppelin. It was and built in response to the difficult conditions brought on the by the Great which reduced the demand for luxury cars in Germany.

Rendering of a Maybach SW38 Cabriolet from the 1938 in the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection.

it was not Maybach’s flagship model, the was an extravagant and luxurious machine in its own It was a very large car, more than 16 feet and riding on an 11-foot wheelbase. In with the specifications of the firm’s customers, SW38’s were appointed, being equipped sumptuous interiors and fitted custom bodies built by Spohn, a famed coachbuilder in Ravensburg, Germany. In terms of the SW38 was a very advanced a car for its It was powered by 3.8 litre inline-six which produced a then-impressive 140 and gave it a claimed top speed of miles per hour. The engine was to Maybach’s then-innovative “Doppelschnellsang” transmission, which allowed

the driver to change gears a clutch.

Two examples of Maybach SW38 are found in the Z. Taylor Vinson one published in 1938 and one published in In A Collector’s Life: (an autobiography) . Mr. described these portfolios and how they came into his

1938 Maybach SW 38 portfolio. The is one of the handsomest I know, with watercolor-like renderings of the cars. My came from my German Heinz (“Harry”) Neisler, who me that he had written “Old asking about literature. was Karl Maybach, one of the most German auto engineers of his and founder of the Maybach auto Herr Maybach had replied he was an old man and had no further use for his copy, and that he was it to Harry. I should note the 1939 version contains the renderings; my copy of this from Andrew Currie and his strolling around Carlisle one


Rendering of a Maybach SW38 Limousine from the 1939 in the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection.

The two contain identical product and identical renderings of the custom styles available for the Maybach The 1938 version includes a note by Mr. Vinson regarding its The 1939 version of the portfolio an original business letter a Maybach representative to a potential

As for the Maybach SW38 itself, 520 of these cars were and only a few remain in existence. examples are highly prized today.

Maybach SW38

Georgano, Nick, ed. The Encyclopedia of the Automobile Volume 2: M-Z ; England: The Stationery Office, p. 980-982.

Maybach, 1938, Z. Vinson Collection, Hagley and Library.

Maybach, 1939, Z. Vinson Collection, Hagley and Library.

Vinson, Z. Taylor, A Life (an auto-biography) . Z. Taylor Collection, Hagley Museum and

Kenton Jaehnig is the Project for the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection at Museum and Library.

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