Rare MercedesBenz 1948 Cabriolet Design Study

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Mercedes-Benz 320 W142

Rare Mercedes-Benz 1948 Design Study

Rare 1948 Cabriolet Design

January 15, 2007 A rare and left hand drive W142 A320 Cabriolet, to be the only example built, is to attract International interest collectors at this year’s International Motor Show on March 12. The imposing 5.5 metre car was originally built by the factory 1948 as a design study for a luxury cabriolet model. The of a single overhead camshaft and other technical developments materialised in the A300 (Adenauer) of 1950 rendered the cabriolet study redundant and the vehicle was in Indonesia by a travelling businessman 20 ago.

As the company then had only recommenced production after the of World War II, the vehicle employed the side-valve engine and a number of mechanical components from the of the 142 inch long wheelbase luxury cars manufactured 1937 until hostilities and damage halted production in

However the evolution of the much modern single overhead engine and other technical that materialised in the A300 saloon of 1950, rendered the design study redundant and the was sold to a Dutch businessman and to Indonesia.

It remained in Indonesia for 40 years before being by accident by an Australian enthusiast and to Melbourne in the late 1980s.

Mercedes-Benz 320 W142

It arrived in very poor badly painted in Post red and in non-running order, but an inspection by Mercedes-Benz Museum head von Pein confirmed its unique and gave impetus to the total that followed. He was amazed not only had the vehicle survived, but it was in basically its original condition.

The work to bring the cabriolet to its factory design study involved a full strip-down to the chassis, during which to the car’s original two-tone paintwork were found the door hinges and the vinyl covering the original matching leather trim was removed.

local Melbourne tradesmen and this rare vehicle has now totally refurbished bodily and to as close to its original specification as with the painstaking work completed early last

Because of the vehicle’s imposing and rarity, the auctioneers are expecting in the AUD$450,000-AUD$600,000 range at the Melbourne Motor Show Auction, will take place in the area of the Melbourne Exhibition from 2.30pm on Monday, 12.

Mercedes-Benz 320 W142
Mercedes-Benz 320 W142
Mercedes-Benz 320 W142
Mercedes-Benz 320 W142

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