1938 Mercedes-Benz 320A Cabriolet - W142
Body Style: 2dr Cabriolet
Chassis number: 407 954
Engine number: 191 271
Engine: 3,405cc OHV Inline 6-Cylinder
Transmission: 4-Speed Manual ZF AKS-20 all synchronized Transmission with Overdrive
Exterior color: Burgundy / Antrazit Gray
Interior color: Burgundy Leather
Mercedes-Benz 320 History:
Some of the most desirable cars in the world in the late 1930s were the Mercedes-Benz 500 and 540K sports models. Combining lusciously swoopy lines with a supercharged engine, the Mercedes-Benz provided the ultimate in personal transportation. The Type 320 offered a nicely sized, very comfortable car to Mercedes-Benz customers that exhibited the same general appearance as the firm's higher-end models at a significantly lower cost. A 6-cylinder 3.4-liter engine powered the 1938 models.
The chassis featured independent front and rear suspension with coil springs all around, giving the car impressive road manners while passengers enjoyed an especially comfortable ride. Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes provided sure stopping power. As with the 290 it replaced, the 320 chassis were offered with in a number of styles – including a state-of-the-art streamlined sedan. Many 320s were supplied with formal limousine and sedan bodies with a total of eight body choices, but it was the cabriolet styles that best captured the essence of the contemporary 500K/540K sports models of the time.
There were three 320 Cabriolet models, designated by code letters. The Cabriolet A was a racy and relatively expensive sports model – it was very much a junior 500K/540K in appearance with two front seats, a third seat set at 90 degrees across the rear and the spare wheel on the boot. The Cabriolet B was a 2-door, 4-window style with front and rear seating, while the Cabriolet D was a 4-door, 4-window style.
A low and distinctive windscreen arose from the cowl of the 320 Cabriolets and could be tilted for ventilation. These convertible models' tops were heavily padded in the best German cabriolet tradition to provide exceptional all-weather protection. Stylish and imposing, the 320 Cabriolet had few peers as examples of open-top motoring in the grand manner, affording their fortunate owners the style of a 500K, but without the latter's considerable purchase and running costs.
Of the Cabriolet-bodied 320s, the two-door Cabriolet B is best known, but two-door Cabriolet A body with just two front seats, a third seat set at 90 degrees across the rear, and twin spare wheels on the boot were among the sportiest cars of the 1930s. As is commonly known, the Mannheim-based Mercedes-Benz factory was bombed during WW2 and completely destroyed. These cars where reportedly confiscated during WWII, presumably for military purposes.
About this car:
In 2014 the car was purchased by its current owner. Then went through an Exquisite no expense spared ground up nut + bolt restoration completed in mid 2017. The work was overseen by- Germany-based SL-Classics Automobile. SL-Classics Automobile are very experienced, marque and concours specialist restorers. Photos of the restoration are available. Mechanical parts of the car were attended to as well, ensuring the 320 would drive as well as it looked. Superbly finished in a fitting burgundy – gray color, neatly contrasting against a well-trimmed red leather interior and roof done to the highest standards. The chrome and bright work was finished with equal precision and attention to detail. The Mercedes-Benz' electrical system was completely renewed with new cabling and connectors.
The lavish interior of the 320A Cabriolet is just as exclusive an environment as a contemporary top-of-the-line Mercedes-Benz. Restored VDO instruments record vital running information, and the highly-polished wood covering the dashboard and door capping's has been expertly renewed.
It's now Perfection at its finest. Ready for competitive concours judging. Timeless elegance and style. Comes with Owner’s Manual, Workshop Manual, Parts’ Manual. Paint Perfect. Body Perfect. Interior Perfect. Leather Perfect. Carpet Perfect. Top Perfect. Engine Perfect. Undercarriage Perfect. Suspension Perfect. Glass Perfect. Tires Perfect. All instruments Perfect. Wood Trim Perfect. Chrome Perfect. There is way too much about this car to list in this ad. Please call to discuss this car in more detail. This Mercedes-Benz 320A is for someone who wants an absolute perfect 320A. If not just buy a different one listed for sale. If yes then look no further.
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