1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320 Cabriolet B / 435053 Vehicle Information

1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320 photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320 photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320 photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320 photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320 photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320 photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320 photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 3201938 Mercedes-Benz Type 3201938 Mercedes-Benz Type 3201938 Mercedes-Benz Type 3201938 Mercedes-Benz Type 3201938 Mercedes-Benz Type 3201938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320
Cabriolet B
Chassis #: 435053
Engine #: 435053
Registration #: AR-12-09
Sold for $378,923 (€356,500) at 2017 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais.
Sold for $539,000 at 2017 The Auburn Auction : Worldwide Auctioneers.
Mercedes-Benz is one of the world's most recognized names; a division of the Germany company Daimler AG. The brand is known for luxury vehicles, buses, and trucks. The name appeared in 1926 with the merger of the firms of Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz. Benz's 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen is regarded as the first gasoline-powered automobile.

The Mercedes-Benz W142 (Type 32) is a passenger car introduced in February 1937. The car was known by its name Type 320 during production and service, but today is commonly referred to using the Mercedes-Benz works number W142, giving it a more specific nomenclature.

Like many cars of the era, it was available in a number of body styles, including short and long wheelbase, limousine, 'tourenwagen', roadster, four cabriolets and more. The car features the straight six-cylinder 3.2 liter M142 motor, producing 77 horsepower at 4,000 RPM. Top speed is 81 miles per hour. Power is delivered to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual synchromesh transmission, unusual for the era. Brakes are hydraulic on all four wheels. The suspension is from the W18 with a swing axle at the rear and a central transverse leaf springs and coil springs at the front.

This 1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 has chassis #435053 and is an example of the W142 fitted with Cabriolet B Coachwork and was originally built in Mercedes' Mannheim plant which is still in operation today.

The original matching numbers 3.2 liter, in-line six-cylinder is in excellent condition. The original jack and associated tools are mounted to the firewall as original. This example is also fitted with 'Autobahn Gearing', a mechanical overdrive unit operated by a separate gear lever on the floor.


By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2018


2017 The Auburn Auction : Worldwide Auctioneers

Sale Price :
USD $539,000

2017 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais

Pre-Auction Estimates :
€350,000-€450,000 
Sale Price :
USD $378,923 (€356,500.00)

2016 Bonhams - The Mercedes-Benz Sale

Pre-Auction Estimates :
£270,000-£350,000 
Lot was not sold

1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet B
Chassis#: 191191
Sold for USD$381,659
  2020 RM : The European Sale featuring the Petitjean Collection
 
1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet D
Chassis#: 407841
Sold for USD$285,245
  2018 RM Sothebys : Paris
 
1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 191150
Sold for USD$420,000
  2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale
1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320 image  1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320 image  
1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet B
Chassis#: 435053
Sold for USD$539,000
  2017 The Auburn Auction : Worldwide Auctioneers
1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320 image  1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320 image  
1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet Coachwork in the style of Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 191150
Sold for USD$368,500
  2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320 image  1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320 image  
1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 3.2-Litre Cabriolet B
Chassis#: 435053
Sold for USD$378,923
  2017 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320 image  1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320 image  
1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet
Sold for USD$259,646
  2015 Coys Blenheim Palace Summer Sale
 
1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 Long Wheelbase Kombination Roadster
Chassis#: 408153
Sold for USD$825,000
  2015 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
 
1938 MERCEDES-BENZ 320B CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 320435035
Sold for USD$155,000
  2014 Mecum - Monterey
1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320 image  1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320 image  
1938 MERCEDES-BENZ 320 CABRIOLET A
Chassis#: 191150
Sold for USD$517,000
  2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320 image  1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320 image  
1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet B
Chassis#: 408185
Sold for USD$137,329
  2013 RM Auction - London
 
1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet B
Chassis#: 408185
Sold for USD$137,329
  2013 RM Auction - London
 
1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet B
Chassis#: 172372
Sold for USD$154,055
  2013 RM Auction - London
 
1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 Limousine
Chassis#: 407782
Sold for USD$77,468
  2013 RM Auction - London
 
1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet D
Chassis#: 407841
Sold for USD$184,866
  2013 RM Auction - London
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 3.4-Litre Cabriolet B4350352019 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $310,000$350,000
1938 MERCEDES-BENZ 320 3.2-LITRE CABRIOLET B4350532016 Bonhams The MercedesBenz Sale $270,000$350,000
1938 MERCEDES-BENZ 320 CABRIOLET A1911502016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction $600,000$700,000
1938 MERCEDES-BENZ 320 FOUR DOOR CABRIOLET 2001 Kruse Auction Ft. Lauderdale, FL$49,000  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz Type 3201937 Cabriolet B
Chassis Num: 172263
Engine Num: 172263
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz Type 3201938 Cabriolet B
Chassis Num: 435053
Engine Num: 435053


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