1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet B

Between the merger of Daimler and Benz in 1926 and the outbreak of World War II, Mercedes-Benz catered to three distinct customer classes with their car production. Firstly, they offered an affordable range that served both commercial and personal purposes.

Secondly, there was a mid-level range designed for prosperous professionals, business managers, and mid-range government officials. And finally, they produced the iconic coachbuilt 500 and 540K range, which specifically targeted the ultra-wealthy and influential clientele.

Many of the mid-level automobiles were manufactured at the pre-merger Benz and Company Mannheim works. The 290 model range consisted of sedans, two- and four-passenger cabriolets, and roadsters. Powered by a 2.9-litre, six-cylinder side-valve engine, it produced 22.6 horsepower. While the 290 was aesthetically appealing and suited the needs of its customers, it was noticeably underpowered.

In 1938, Mercedes-Benz introduced the model 320, which shared the same chassis frame as the 290 but featured a completely redesigned engine that delivered more than triple the horsepower. Additionally, the 320 boasted longer and wider coachwork, providing significantly enhanced luxury and comfort for its occupants.

Source: RM Sotheby’s