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Mercedes-Benz 500K W29

More normally associated high-ranking Nazi Party this Mercedes-Benz 500K was after WW2 for more than 50 by a French artist as regular

Depending on the angle, the car appears alluring, Hollywood glamorous and always as if it’s in high-speed

The three French police did not look amused as they alongside at a traffic light in de la Concorde. Window rolled the driver asked if we knew we’d run a red light only before. Erm, yes, but at the last second (a partial was our response. A dramatic pause of two maybe three, ticked before the driver instructed us to be to follow road rules and pay attention. ‘Yes, yes, of officer.’ ‘By the way, that’s a car,’ he said with a nod and a before sprinting away to adversaries who had a firmer grasp of road rules and the French

A 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K is simply the kind of car that doors to the most exclusive attracts a crowd, and makes altogether more glamorous. It hurt matters that it gets you out of the occasional bind law enforcement. This car, number 105383, is set to be auctioned by on Saturday, February 9, during the Rétromobile show in Paris. The is not accidental, since this has been owned by renowned artist Georges Mathieu for 50 years. Pre-auction estimates by for the grand old Merc, which was by the celebrated André Lecoq 15 years ago, value it at one million euros.

In the heart of Paris well midnight, we had little time to about the car’s immense Sub-freezing winter temperatures had our feet to stone and our hands icicles. Yet, even in frigid conditions, the car drew a Groups of tourists, dragging back to warm hotel after a day of trekking through museums, absolutely beamed seeing the car. Grabbing cameras quicker than a West gun-slinger going for his they surrounded the 500K grins and camera flashes. tipsy Parisians were a bit restrained. Standing further they basked in the satisfaction such a beautiful car demands a as sublime as their city at

Illustrious it might be, but when the was debuted it had been a rapid to the total sales failure of its predecessor, the Mercedes-Benz 380. in 1933, the 380 had an advanced fully chassis with coil But the power from its single camshaft, supercharged straight proved unsatisfactory. Only 154 were built before ended after one year and the W29 arrived to take its place. successfully used supercharging on its SSK and racing cars, Mercedes not only the technology but also the K Kompressor) nomenclature to its new luxury The 500K boasted a larger, 5-litre straight-eight engine to a driver-engageable Roots-type supercharger. swelled power to 160bhp at and gave the 500K a top speed of

From 1934 to 1936, 342 were sold during brief production run. A of bodies was available in a wide of cabriolet, sedan and tourer Those interested in researching the options and variants (or even one of these cars) are advised to a copy of Mercedes-Benz: The Supercharged 8 Cars of the 1930s, Volume 2 by Jan and Sven Hernström, a veritable of supercharged Mercedes history.

500Ks received custom and specific trim to meet the of their demanding clientele. standard equipment alone the 500K amongst the automotive Dashboard lighting, a full of gauges, a 12-volt electrical electric indicators, chrome and even safety glass all standard issue.

Of course, there is no ignoring the that the 500K (and the more rapid 540K arrived in 1936) was a favourite of officers in the Nazi party. all, part of its raison was to make full use of the arrow-straight and table-smooth autobahns then built throughout Germany Hitler’s orders. After War Two, these magnificent Mercedes still carried the stigma as Europe set out to rebuild

This is where the story of no. 105383 begins, in post-war and in the hands of one of France’s most modern painters. Born in on January 27, 1921, Georges Adolphe Mathieu was on the cusp of his fame when he bought car in 1951. Typical of his flamboyant Mathieu is likely to have the controversy created by his large luxury car on the streets of Paris. For 50 years the 500K would as his daily driver. Mathieu’s technique favoured speed and – fitting character traits for a owner – as well as a touch of the such as when he would before large crowds, and brushes flying through the air and his canvas. His work transcended art and eventually could be found in done for Air France, television and even the design of a 10 Franc

Walking around the black it’s easy to see why the car appealed to an known for intense and impulsive with no predictable outcome. on the angle, it appears menacing seen from directly in alluring and Hollywood-style glamorous in profile), and nearly always as it’s in high-speed motion. All wings punctuated by delicious details – like the twin pipes on the right-hand side of the – the 500K looks a mile despite its two-passenger layout. In it measures roughly the same as a modern Mercedes S-class Yet, viewed alongside luxury cars, the 500K them look apologetic and dull. This is a machine makes no pretence about its wealth, power and taste.

Mercedes-Benz 500K W29

climbing into the cabin like sliding onto a Step on the running boards, yourself onto the soft red seats, and you’re immediately with copious amounts of a mother-of-pearl dash, and (with the on) the gold-like glow of the illuminated gauges. Ahead of you is an ocean of with the wings flowing off to side and the Mercedes emblem the way forward. Once underway, the eight emits a refined yet purr as the Mercedes-Benz double-updraught feeds the engine its rich of petrol. An occasional sputter in the suggests the one thing this car is some regular exercise.

Unfortunately, busy Parisian is not the ideal setting for getting with a million euros-worth of Mercedes. Mastering the four-speed is challenging enough, never any thoughts about clicking the into action. With only on third gear, declutching is necessary. So is a degree of – and luck – when it comes to finding the correct gear. The wand of the floor-mounted shifter has a solid metal-on-metal feel you get things right. But finding sweet spot takes and the 500K does not tolerate changes. If anything, the car feels it’s straining for wide roads, where the supercharger can as it pushes the 5000lb Mercedes to speeds.

The ride proves in city traffic and a match for cobblestones that shake late-model hatchbacks to pieces. The and nut steering is difficult from a where you steer more your shoulders than you do fingers. Things get noticeably and more fluid as speed Even the hydraulic brake – drums at all four corners, by a Bosch-Dewandre vacuum booster – a surprisingly effective job of bringing the car to a Only that baulky gets in the way of smooth progress in is a remarkably modern-feeling blueblood

A German luxury car owned by a French artist, this 500K is undoubtedly going to to a wide audience of well-heeled Its days as a daily driver are but it’s too dynamically engaging and stunning to keep locked in a that it gets smiles the police even after through a red light is merely an bonus.

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


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