Mercedes-Benz W142 320 Cabriolet A

  • Fully restored
  • Rare convertible A version
  • Incl. major service & MOT
Year:1940
Paintwork:Blue
Interior:Leather grey
Gearing Type:Manual
Mileage:1.600 KM
Power:78 HP
Fuel*:Petrol
Price:449.000,- € (TAX paid)

* * Fuel consumption: (DIN 70030) 17,3 L Super determined at 3/4 of maximum speed, maximum of 110 km / h below surcharge of 10% (factory specification)

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The Mercedes-Benz W142 320 Cabriolet A

The operation and the limited performance of the type 290 were brought up to date with the new type 320. The 320 presented at IAMA 1937 thus met all the increased requirements. Production of the 320 only started in spring of 1937 with some delay, whereby the production of the discontinued 290 - as is often the case at Daimler-Benz - still overlapped with that of the 320 for a few months. At first glance, the new 320 showed only slight differences from the previous model. Chassis and chassis were hardly modified compared to the 290. The torsion-resistant box frame had the same wheelbases - 2,280 and 3,300 millimeters. Building on this, only two exclusive two-seaters were available for the short wheelbase: The Cabriolet A, which was modeled on the 540 K Roadster in many style elements. The accentuated, strongly cut-out fenders, which had the typical notch on the outside edge at the front, the low, V-shaped split windshield and the flat tail with the embedded spare wheel gave the large supercharger vehicle a formal role model, especially when the short 320 were equipped with the spoke wheels available for a surcharge. The driving performance of the 320 emphasized the character of the fast touring car. Despite its respectable size, the car turned out to be incredibly handy when maneuvering. Wind noise and vibrations were foreign to him, bumps on the road were very well absorbed by the suspension. The straight running was hardly to be influenced, and the side inclination of the superstructure was limited in brisk corners. In contrast, the range of bodies that were available on the long wheelbase remained unchanged. The equipment on the precious wood veneered instrument panels included a timer, speedometer, fuel gauge and oil pressure gauge. Two glove compartments with lids accommodated smaller utensils. When series production started, a fully synchronized gearbox was installed, which was supplemented in summer 1939 by a new development from the Friedrichshafen (ZF) gear factory. A planetary gear was flanged to the actual gear housing, which offered a further gear ratio in the reduction ratio 1: 0.74. The "ZF Reichsautobahn Ferngang" was a kind of overdrive, which was activated with a normal clutch actuation by a small shift lever next to the gear shift stick. This "fifth" gear reduced the engine speed by approx. 25 percent. Overall, the Type 320, with 5,189 civil vehicles manufactured, had a comparatively respectable production result. However, the survival rate remained low. The few cars that escaped compulsory military service or survived military service often became victims of economic circumstances after the war. Our sales staff will be happy to answer any detailed questions you may have. Please note that vehicle inspections are only possible by prior appointment.