1935 MercedesBenz 500K Special Cabriolet | Automobiles of London…

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Mercedes-Benz 500K W29

Sold for £687,500

Estimate: — €1,452,000

Estimate: — $2,000,000

Engine No.

Commission No. 218642

UK Registration No. XSY 440

the Collection of Mr. Bernie Ecclestone

100/160bhp, 5,018cc overhead inline eight-cylinder engine driver activated and gear Rootes type supercharger, updraft pressurized carburettors, transmission with synchromesh on and a dog clutch on fourth, independent coil front suspension, swing arm rear suspension, and servo-assisted hydraulic drum Wheelbase: 129.5in. (3,290mm).

In the first of a new generation of Mercedes-Benz left the Untertürkheim factory. The 380 offered a fully independent chassis with coil Power came from a overhead camshaft supercharged eight engine displacing These impressive specifications, proved less than a for the elaborate, solidly-built coachwork owners preferred and gave performance. So disappointing, in fact, only 154 cars were before production ended a year after the model’s

The disappointment of the 380 was followed by the success of one of great models, the W29 160hp which reintroduced the ‘K’ (Kompressor) made famous on the SSK and SSKL. as many 500Ks were in the changeover year of 1934 as in the 380’s run of over a year. The was an unabashedly luxurious car, as by its standard equipment, which two spare wheels and tyres, glass, electric windscreen tool kit, lighted plates, hydraulic brakes, lubrication, a 12 volt electrical and four-speed gearbox with on the top two gears.

Mercedes-Benz built a line of bodies at its own coachworks at producing some of the most and luxurious creations of an era of great Sindelfingen’s creations came luggage, internal lighting, map chromium-plated bumpers, electric indicators and door locks as equipment. Sedans got roll-up blinds. Open cars had top boots. All glazing was safety Sindelfingen’s clients could additional equipment and features for new 500K and there is no shortage of attributes in these automobiles, of them being essentially a creation commissioned for a specific


Universally acclaimed as the fastest production car on the road during its the 500K was also a good companion. Its fully independent absorbed the inevitable irregularities of roads, city streets, and passes while providing road holding and responsive Even in naturally-aspirated operation the 5 litres had lively performance, away little to the luxury from Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and Isotta Fraschini. With the drive engaged, its performance the most powerful machines of the all couched in nearly 3 tons of luxury. At full throttle, luxurious cars were of 100 miles per hour, one of very few of its era this fast, and even models achieved this of performance with such and comfort.

Indicative of the variety of coachwork Mercedes-Benz clients could from the company, and of the skills of the and artisans at Sindelfingen, the example here is perhaps unique the cars built by the Mercedes-Benz Recorded on its original factory sheet as a ‘Spez. Cabr. A’, it combines the most attractive of many of Mercedes-Benz’s open coachwork designs into one attractive and yet also unusually package. It was delivered through Paris to Arturo Lopez on 4 1936. Its subsequent history is not until it was acquired by the Ecclestone in June 1995.

Finished in Blue with a natural leather interior, complemented by coloured wire wheels and whitewall tyres, Arturo Special Cabriolet A combines features that make one of the most appealing of all Sindelfingen-bodied 500Ks of the period. Its unique combines the central body of the A with many of the design of the later Special Roadster – the front wings, cowl, and open-top V-windshield, as well as the tail with inset spare. The top is unpadded and sits low on the deck, avoiding the tall of Sindelfingen’s conventional cabriolet

The use of longer Cabriolet B or C doors provides access to the surprisingly rear seat area. The are earlier Bosch items commonly seen on S or SS Mercedes – a touch. A single driving is suspended from the headlight for better illumination when at the serious speeds attained the supercharger engaged, and there is a of windscreen post-mounted spotlights for illumination.

The interior trim is and much of it may be original to the car. The instrument panel has been although the rest of the dashboard, steering wheel, and wood is well maintained, and possibly

Under the bonnet, the engine has some restoration attention. The is aged and shows use but has been and repainted with black coating where needed. The panel fits, and exterior are older but in very good although some of the exterior work on the spotlights and windscreen are pitted or showing signs of

There is some gear on start-up, which is believed to be the supercharger drive. It has been by specialists and driven enough to that it is not an immediate operational The supercharger works well and the visceral exhilaration for which mythical automobiles are best

This car comes from a collection of the highest quality and a rare opportunity to acquire a eight-cylinder classic Mercedes-Benz highly unusual, and possibly coachwork. Its Sindelfingen coachwork the sleek, streamlined appearance of the Roadsters with the larger and comfortable accommodations of a Cabriolet A, this a particularly attractive for collectors who want to combine rarity, and performance in a single car that can be driven enthusiastically on the road, exactly as Mercedes-Benz and Lopez intended 72 years

Mercedes-Benz 500K W29
Mercedes-Benz 500K W29
Mercedes-Benz 500K W29

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