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Lot 043: 1931 MERCEDES-BENZ 370 S MANNHEIM SPORT ROADSTER

Van Dijk Collection, H&H Sales Limited (3 October 2005)

Finished in red over black with tan leather upholstery, this particular left-hand drive Sport Roadster example (differentiated from the Cabriolet by its lack of running boards) has been part of the collection since 1995. A former multiple prize winner in America (Classic Car Club of America '1st Prize' National Competition Number 1748, Antique Automobile Club of America '1st Senior Prize' 1992 and Veteran Motor Car Club of America Award of Excellence), it has also attended various European concours events (Apeldoorm, The Netherlands 2000 and Schloss Schwetzingen, Germany 2002). According to research carried out by Peter Wilbers on behalf of Mr Van Dijk: "This car was ordered on 31-03-1931 by Mr Fischer of ballbearing factory Kugelfischer of Schweinfurt. The car was delivered by the factory directly to Mr Fischer without arbitrage by any Daimler-Benz agent whatsoever. This unique event probably originated in the fact that Mr Fischer's company, Kugelfischer, acted as a supplier to Daimler-Benz. As far as can be determined, the main user of this car was Mrs Fischer". Fitted with twin side-mounted spare wheels, a metal cased luggage trunk and Raydyot windscreen pillar mounted spotlights, it was road tested by Classic & Sportscar editor James Elliot for the magazine's August 2005 issue. A rare car made doubly so by its history, it is surely a must-have for any serious Mercedes' collector. PLEASE NOTE: This 370S is a sport roadster as described in the text and not a cabriolet as listed in the catalogue title.

Lot Details
Auction Van Dijk Collection
H&H Sales Limited, Syon Park, Brentford
TypeCar
Lot Number043
Estimate£150000-£250000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£130000
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1931
Condition rating
Registration numberUN-REG
Mileage-
Chassis numberU83900
Engine numberU83900
Engine capacity (cc)3700
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors