1938 Maybach SW38 Roadster / 2055 Chassis Information

1938 Maybach SW38 photograph

1938 Maybach SW38 photograph

1938 Maybach SW38 photograph

1938 Maybach SW38 photograph

1938 Maybach SW38 photograph

1938 Maybach SW38 photograph

1938 Maybach SW38 photograph

1938 Maybach SW38 photograph

1938 Maybach SW38 photograph

1938 Maybach SW381938 Maybach SW381938 Maybach SW381938 Maybach SW381938 Maybach SW381938 Maybach SW381938 Maybach SW381938 Maybach SW381938 Maybach SW38
Roadster
Coachwork: Hermann Spohn
Chassis #: 2055
Engine # 11164
Sold for $1,072,500 at 2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey.
Wilhelm Maybach was a pioneer in the automotive industry and he helped Gottlieb Daimler develop his first car. After inventing the honeycomb radiator, he turned his attention to another new industry - airplanes. He built powerplants for the German Zeppelins before turning using his skills and abilities to the production of automobiles.

His automobiles were technically advanced, built to high standards, and equally expensive. Their SW38 models featured a six-cylinder engine and had a top speed around 100 mph. The bodies were elegant and sporty, their chassis were refined, and the interior featured some of the finest luxury amenities available.

The 3790 cubic centimeter inline six-cylinder motor offered 140 horsepower and was mated to a DSG manual transmission with four speed controlled from a pre-selector in the center of the steering wheel, with a floor-mounted shifter for selection of low, high, and reverse gears. This setup allowed for a total of eight forward speeds and four in reverse.

This particular Maybach SW38 with chassis number 2055 wears coachwork by Spohn Karrosserie, who bodied most SW38 models. The roadster was built on the shorter of the two available SW38 chassis and featured long front fenders with integrated running boards. This example has 'comet tail' chrome spears on the body sides, and a rear-mounted spare.

The first owner of chassis number 2055 was Erich Tghart of Germany. It was ordered as a short-chassis four-door, 4/5 passenger convertible. It is believed that Tghart changed his order after it was initially recorded, or a new body was fitted a short time after the car's delivery.

The car's next known owner was the Director of the Sohler Maschinenfabrik in Wangen, Germany. At the time, the recorded motor number was 11164, which is a replacement of the original unit, and must have been installed prior to 1951. By 1961, the car was in the care of Colin 'Dick' Spaight of Platterville, Wisconsin. The car may have been acquired by Mr. Spaight from a United States Army officer stationed in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, who is thought to have imported it to the U.S. Mr. Spaight sold the car in 1963 to M.L. 'Bud' Cohn. Within a year, the car was sold to Lenora Pope Lytel of Chula Vista, California. She drove it around 15,000 miles and displayed it at the 1965 CCCA Far West Grand Classic and at the Santa Barbara Grand Classic in 1966, as well as in the AACA San Diego Region's annual Antique Ramble in the latter year.

Mrs. Lytel sold the car when she was 72 to 25-year-old Don Williams in 1970. Mr. Williams retained the car for several years before selling it to Phil Malouf of Albuquerque, New Mexico, who re-sold it back to Williams a few years later. It was then given a restoration and finished in its current black with oxblood red interior. After the work was completed, it joined the collection of Richard and Linda Kugh. The Kughns traded it to the Imperial Palace of Las Vegas, Nevada in 1988. It was put on display for over a decade, before the current owner acquired it in 1999.

Maybach built just 520 examples of the SW38 chassis between 1936 and 1939, and approximately 152 remain in modern times. Most the examples wore Pullman limousine or four-door convertible bodystyles. A small number were authentic cabriolets and roadster, making them very rare and adding to their desirability.

This particular example has a SOHC inline six-cylinder engine with two Solex MMO VS 35 carburetors, a four-speed DSG manual transmission, and four-wheel drum brakes.

This SW38 Roadster by Spohn was offered for sale at the 2016 Monterey auction presented by RM Sothebys. The car had an estimated value of $1,250,000- $1,600,000, and was sold for the sum of $1,072,500 which included buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2016


2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$1,250,000-$1,600,000 
Sale Price :
$1,072,500

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Maybach SW38 Roadster by Spohn
Chassis#: 2055
Sold for $1,072,500
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1938 Maybach SW38 image  1938 Maybach SW38 image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1938 Maybach SW38's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High

Comparables

Similar sales to the $1,072,500 range.
2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta
Chassis#:Chassis#:ZFF72RDT3B0181259
Sold for $1,061,806
2019 RM Sothebys : Paris
1956 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward
Chassis#:Chassis#:BC7LBG
Sold for $1,077,500
2019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta
Chassis#:Chassis#:ZFF72RHA5B0181885
Sold for $1,072,500
2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster
Chassis#:Chassis#:1980428500295
Sold for $1,072,500
2018 Mecum : Monterey
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Chassis#:Chassis#:198.040.6500292
Sold for $1,077,500
2018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#:198.042.8500154
Sold for $1,072,500
2018 Gooding & Co. : Amelia Island
1938 Maybach SW38 vehicle thumbnail image  1938 Maybach SW38 vehicle thumbnail image  
1953 Ferrari 212 Europa Coupe
Chassis#:Chassis#:0279 EU
Sold for $1,067,000
2018 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale, Az.
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Chassis#:Chassis#:198.042.7500295
Sold for $1,083,000
2018 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale, Az.
1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sports Saloon by Franay
Sold for $1,083,000
2017 RM Sotheby's : Icons
1908 MERCEDES-SIMPLEX 65HP TWO SEATER RACEABOUT
Sold for $1,072,500
2017 Bonhams : The Bothwell Collection
1950 Ferrari 195 Inter Coupé by Touring
Chassis#:0081 S
Sold for $1,083,208
2017 RM Sothebys : Ferrari - Leggenda e Passione
1938 Maybach SW38 vehicle thumbnail image  1938 Maybach SW38 vehicle thumbnail image  
1955 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#:Chassis#:BC56D
Sold for $1,080,124
2017 RM Sothebys : London
1973 Porsche 911 RS Lightweight
Chassis#:Chassis#:9113601496
Sold for $1,080,660
2017 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL 'Gullwing' Coupé
Chassis#:Chassis#:198.40.5500823
Sold for $1,080,613
2017 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
1988 Porsche 959 'Komfort'
Chassis#:Chassis#:WP0ZZZ95ZJS900133
Sold for $1,078,560
2016 RM Sothebys : Duemila Ruote
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet C
Chassis#:154062
Sold for $1,072,500
2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1938 Maybach SW38 vehicle thumbnail image  1938 Maybach SW38 vehicle thumbnail image  
1938 Maybach SW38 Roadster by Spohn
Chassis#:2055
Sold for $1,072,500
2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1938 Maybach SW38 vehicle thumbnail image  1938 Maybach SW38 vehicle thumbnail image  
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Chassis#:Chassis#:15375
Sold for $1,067,815
2016 Rétromobile 2016 by Artcurial Motorcars
1964 Shelby 289 Cobra
Chassis#:Chassis#:CSX 2561
Sold for $1,072,500
2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Roadster
Chassis#:Chassis#:188.015.6500069
Sold for $1,072,500
2015 RM Sotheby's NY Auction : Driven By Distruption

data-full-width-responsive="true">


Vehicle information, history, and specifications from concept to production.

Follow ConceptCarz on Facebook Conceptcarz Google+ Follow ConceptCarz on Twitter RSS News Feed

Conceptcarz.com
© 1998-2019 Conceptcarz.com Reproduction or reuse prohibited without written consent.