1939 Mercedes-Benz 290

Introduced at the 1933 Berlin Automobile Show, the Mercedes-Benz 290 delivered 68 horsepower at 3,200 rpm from its 2,867cc long stroke six cylinder engine. Primarily fitted with closed or multi-passenger open bodies, a select few were bodied in Mercedes-Benz's own coachworks with open cabriolet and even more sporting roadster bodies. They are highly unusual ... and probably more rare even than the fabulous supercharged eight cylinder 500K and 540Ks which bring seven figure prices. The example offered here is quite exceptional, having been restored to concours condition in dramatic Amber with Pumpkin accent complementing the Tan leather interior and matching Tan cloth top. The coachwork design is to the highest Mercedes-Benz standards, with sweeping fenders, a tapered tail with rumble seat and a covered spare tire recessed into the rear deck. Fitted with chrome wire wheels with body color hubcaps, black-wall tires, a folding windshield, fog light and dual spotlights, it is a CCCA Premier winner (#1971) and remains in truly exceptional condition everywhere, from the chassis and suspension to the paintwork, chrome and interior. The engine and under hood accessories are particularly sharp, meticulously detailed and impressive. This is rare and very special Mercedes-Benz that will occupy a place of honor at any event, show, concours or tour.

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