1935 MercedesBenz 500K Kombination Roadster Auction Classic…

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Mercedes-Benz 500K W29

Sale Date: 24th May

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June 2006

at the March 1934 Berlin Show, the Mercedes-Benz 500K (or W29 as it was internally) was the brainchild of technical Dr Hans Nibel. A former driver turned master whose past credits the mighty 200HP Blitzen and fearsome Mercedes-Benz S / SS / SSK / SSKL (on which he had collaborated with Porsche), his commitment to a unified philosophy meant that the fastest road car — the / W29, had a surprising amount in with its epoch-making ‘Silver Grand Prix Racer — the W25 (unveiled just a few earlier). Admittedly poles in terms of execution, the two were based around low-slung chassis equipped with coil-sprung independent suspension front / swing-axle rear), hydraulic drum brakes and straight-eight powerplants.

Ushering in a new of extremely luxurious and disarmingly tourers capable of sustained cruising, the 500K was powered by a 5 OHV engine. Tuned for torque than horsepower, it was quoted as a lazy 100bhp @ 3,200rpm in aspirated form but an altogether spirited 160bhp with its Roots type blower (a process which involved the depressing the accelerator pedal a set pressure point). Given the later 540K was widely with a force fed 180bhp and of torque, it seems likely peak torque was approximately (though, official figures frustratingly elusive).

Fed by a double updraught carburettor of manufacture, the towering M24 straight-eight was to a robust four-speed manual that boasted synchromesh on 3rd and 4th gears (the latter effectively acting as an ‘overdrive’ for / autobahn motoring). Impressed by the excellent roadholding and handling not to its 100mph top speed, Autocar summed-up the 500K as a master car for the few. Praising its refinement, the also commented that the supercharger this is a quiet, carriage, the acceleration from low being then quite It will amble around and along by-ways with a hint of its latent performance. in the supercharger and it becomes another with fierce acceleration.

from power assistance, the suitably large four-wheel drum brakes gave a more than sporting of avoiding contact with vehicles (very few road could reach 100mph in while the provision of transverse-mounted to the base of the rear swing-axle brought a welcome extra of stability. Built at Mercedes-Benz’s plant (more commonly with the company’s research and activities) to exceptionally high the 500K range could be had a wide variety of open and bodystyles courtesy of factory Sindelfingen. Only listed for two total 500K production has put at between 342 and 354 units.

Reputedly one of just twenty or so 500K cars to have bodied by a British coachbuilder, particular example (commission 211928) was ordered new by William Henry Rhodes-Moorhouse son of William Barnard Rhodes-Moorhouse the first man to be a Victoria Cross for aerial Educated at Harrow and Cambridge, Senior was fascinated by all things Thus, he is alleged to have a memorable portion of his university roaring around in a 90hp Prix FIAT nicknamed Graduating to aeroplanes shortly he ‘barnstormed’ his way across America fellow pilot James before winning the San Francisco Prize in 1910. Runner-up in the year’s London Aerial Rhodes-Moorhouse Senior was well to the likes of the Wright Brothers, Bleriot and Gustave Hamel. the Royal Flying Corps at the of World War I, he completed a number of raids until succumbing to fire during a particularly sub 300ft bombing run over Belgium on 26th April

Anxious to follow in his father’s footsteps, Rhodes-Moorhouse Junior betwixt Eton College and Aerodrome by bicycle until he his pilot’s licence in 1930 all of sixteen. Independently wealthy Rhodes-Moorhouse family owned a chunk of New Zealand), he commissioned of London to sculpt what is one of the most extravagant and beautiful ever to grace a supercharged Better known for their on Rolls-Royce and Bentley chassis, the coachbuilder (founded by Charles Windover in 1760) created a so sensuous as to bear comparison the ex-Jack Warner 540K Roadster or ex-Count Trossi SSK

Mercedes-Benz 500K W29

Bonnet sides and radiator apart, the Windovers Kombination is awash with bespoke Redolent of the floats worn by the Trophy winning Supermarine S6B its fabulous pontoon wings elegant spats to the rear with raised ‘speeding blisters and iconic three-pointed badging). The focus of its well-appointed 2+2 the trademark mother of pearl houses a cream-faced speedometer to 140mph. Trimmed in sumptuous tan upholstery, the shape of the rich veneer door cappings that of the voluptuous swage which arcs slowly to a decadently flat tail. — clearly not a Rhodes Junior priority — is in a hinged compartment that behind the hood well ‘boot’ being dedicated to the wheel).

First registered in London December 1935 as ‘CLB Rhodes-Moorhouse Junior took of his one-off Roadster the following As befitted a car with such styling, the 500K was — side exiting exhaust aside — conspicuously of brightwork. Even its steeply opening windscreen wore a chrome surround. Sadly does not relate whether Junior drove the magnificent to Bavaria when he competed in the Winter Olympics (an accomplished his love of flying was not restricted to Becoming a member of the prestigious RAF 601 Squadron a year later, the jaw 500K must have him to cut quite a dash even such exulted company.

he seems to have had little to enjoy the Kombination Roadster World War Two broke out in September Entrusted with the controls of a Blenheim for the famous Borkham of November 1939 (the first fighter / bomber he switched to Hawker Hurricanes with the rest of 601 squadron in 1940. Playing a valuable during the ensuing Battle of he became recognised as a Hurricane and was decorated with the Distinguished Cross in August that Accompanied by his wingman Carl (another 601 member), the pair off from Hornchurch on September 6th only to be shot down and over Kent by marauding ME109s.

Buried alongside his father at the estate in Dorset, it is unclear Rhodes-Moorhouse Junior had parted the 500K before that September day. Though, the of a ‘Performance Cars Ltd — The Car People’ plaque on its nearside lid argues that it may have hands either immediately or post-WW2. However, by 1973 the was in the possession of the famous Austrian manufacturer Werner Lutzky who his own private museum at the Schloss Castle in Kremsmunster. Reportedly to a complete mechanical and body in the mid 1980s, the Kombination Roadster on static display until the following decade when difficulties saw the museum taken by Herr Lutzky’s bank. sold to another Austrian it entered the current ownership a few later.

Some two decades on from its this illustrious supercharged remains highly presentable. in gloss black, the liquid-like of its paintwork is punctuated by handsome lighting and understated chrome Starting readily upon the past few months have it UK registered as ‘246 UXT’ and to a road test by Classic magazine. Riding on seventeen-inch wheels shod with ‘double-rivet’ tyres, it is offered for with MOT certificate valid February 2007. A truly specimen of one of the all time greats, and beauty are rarely so well

PLEASE NOTE: This has an MOT certificate until June

Mercedes-Benz 500K W29

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