Mercedes-Benz 370 S Mannheim – 1931

Mercedes-Benz 370 S Mannheim - 1931


Mercedes-Benz 370 S Mannheim – 1931


Marca : Mercedes-Benz
Modello : 370 S (W10)
Versione :
Anno : 1931
Telaio N. : U 84919
Motore N. : 1905-1
Esemplari prodotti : 183
Motore : 6 cilindri in linea
Cilindrata : 3.689 cc
Distribuzione : SV
Valvole Cilindro : 2
Alimentazione : 2 carb.
Potenza : 75 CV
Top speed Km/h : 115


Auction Result
2019 – Essen – RM Sotheby's – Unsold



The Mercedes-Benz 370 S Mannheim was only in production for two years from February 1931 to February 1933. A total of 195 chassis were manufactured, 64 of them in 1932. Regarded by Mercedes-Benz collectors as the ‘little brother' of the legendary Mercedes-Benz SSK, the model was offered by the factory in two body styles, a two-seater Sport Cabriolet and a two-seater Roadster. The Cabriolet featured a large but stylish trunk, either rear-mounted spares or side-mounts, full running boards and a padded top. The pared-down roadster had a folding windshield, no running boards and a thin cloth top.
The 370 S Mannheim chassis was designed as an expensive mid-sized car, powered by a hefty 3.7-litre six-cylinder engine that gave it a favourable power-to-weight ratio, snappy acceleration and a usable 130 km/h top speed. Production was very limited. In 1931, 90 Sport Cabriolets were delivered by , a number that fell to 47 units in 1932 and 12 in 1933. The 370 S Sport Cabriolet was indeed an exclusive automobile.
Although the 370 S was not an out-and-out sports car, there were some sporting achievements in 1931, such as two gold medals won in a 10,000 km trial and 2nd place in the reliability run staged by the Berliner Tageblatt newspaper. Nevertheless, the natural habitat of these elegant precision-built cars was the German concours which took place in fashionable locations such as Baden-Baden or Swinemünde. In that respect, not much has changed. Today, a 370S Sport Cabriolet would be welcomed at concours events where its beautifully balanced early lines would please the crowds.


 

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