The Mercedes-Benz 320 series was introduced in 1937 and would become available in a wide range of body styles including a 4-door sedan, 6-seat touring car and three different cabriolets. Powered by a 78-horsepower 3.2-liter side-valve straight-six, the 320 featured all-independent suspension and hydraulic brakes front and rear. The 320 was, in any body style, an elegant automobile that was also well built and a respectable performer with a top speed of over 80 miles per hour. It also offered the style of some of Mercedes' larger cars, but at a much more reasonable price. The three cabriolets were particularly attractive, and included the 2-door short wheelbase Cabriolet A, the 2-door, 4-window Cabriolet B and the 4-door, 4-window Cabriolet D.
This 1938 example is a 4-window Cabriolet B finished in a beautifully contrasting two-tone Midnight Blue and cream. It has a matching blue leather interior with rich wood trim and tan carpets piped in blue, a dark blue cloth convertible top with headliner, two-tone steel wheels with hubcaps and trim rings, blackwall radial tires, dual sidemount spare wheels and landau bars. The engine bay is attractively detailed and highlighted by a beautiful engine turned firewall. Believed to be a matching numbers example with chassis number 320435035 and engine number 435035, this is a particularly gorgeous 320 B Cabriolet that, as a 1938 example, has the larger 3.4-liter engine coupled to its four-speed manual transmission. A thoroughly and properly restored example that has seen some enjoyment, it is the ideal classic open Mercedes for tours and events. The paint, chrome and interior are all very strong and the car needs nothing to be enjoyed in style. Mercedes-Benz only made 5,000 320s in all body styles, so this cabriolet is both rare and collectible in addition to being enjoyable and elegant.
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