1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320

The Mercedes-Benz 320 (designated W142), introduced in 1937, helped the company complete their goal of covering the entire market spectrum, from the relatively inexpensive models to the luxury supercharged limousines and sports cars. They were the successor to the W18 Type 290 cars produced from 1933 through 1937 and shared the earlier car's 2880-millimeter wheelbase in its standard version, but longer overhead, both in the front and rear, giving it substantially greater overall length. The Model 320 were comfortable and stylish and could be adapted to a number of different configurations including a 4-door saloon, a 6-seat touring car and a variety of cabriolets. They were built on a boxed-frame chassis and given an all-independent suspension setup with 4-wheel hydraulic brakes. Power was from a 3.2-liter inline-6 side-valve engine offering nearly 80 horsepower. The 3208-cubic centimeter side-valve six was teamed with an all-synchromesh four-speed gearbox, which was unusual for its time. The suspension was independent on all wheels (a carry-over from the W18), and it utilized a transverse leaf spring setup in the front, which was augmented by coils at the wheels, and swing axles in the rear. Top speed was in the neighborhood of 80 MPH. For 1938, the displacement grew to 3.4 liters.

A longer, 3,300-millimetre wheelbase was available as the W142/II, and it offered additional body styles, including limousines in several configurations, a 2+2 roadster, and cabriolets B and D, which were four-seaters with two and four doors, respectively.

The Cabriolet versions of the Model 320 were offered in three styles: the 2-door short wheelbase A, the 2-door, 4-window B and the 4-door, 4-window D. They all were given heavily padded tops that provided superior protection from the elements. The interiors were luxuriously appointed with beautiful trim and excellent instrumentation.


by Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2019

Related Reading : Mercedes-Benz 320 History

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1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320 vehicle information

Cabriolet A

Chassis Num: 191150

This 3.2 liter example is fitted with the more sporting two-door Cabriolet A body with two front seats, a third seat set at 90 degrees across the rear, and twin spare wheels on the boot. The earliest history has yet to be uncovered as records were de....[continue reading]

1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320 vehicle information

Cabriolet B

Chassis Num: 435053
Engine Num: 435053

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 Be....[continue reading]

1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320 vehicle information

Cabriolet B

Chassis Num: 320435035

This particular example has been given a restoration and finished in Cream and Midnight Blue with a Blue interior. It has a split-V windshield, a six-cylinder engine, a 4-speed transmission with high and low box, wood fascia on the dash and door pane....[continue reading]

1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320 vehicle information

Combination Coupe

The Mercedes-Benz 320 (W142) was first shown at the International Automobile and Motorcycle Exhibition in berlin in February 1937. The 320 was a development of the 290 (W18), which was built from 1933 to 1936. The new 320 had a fully-synchronized 4-s....[continue reading]

Cabriolet A
Chassis #: 191150 
Cabriolet B
Chassis #: 435053 
Cabriolet B
Chassis #: 320435035 
Combination Coupe
 


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