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Lot 079

1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K Spezial Roadster Replica

  • Chassis no. 105179
  • Engine no. 105179

Sold for kr. 2,240,000


This lot will be sold with the following documents: Bill of Sale





The year 1933 brought Mercedes’ new generation of fast sporting models, the work of engineer Hans Nibel. Born in Bohemia in 1880, Nibel studied at Munich Technical College and joined Benz & Cie in 1904, becoming the chief engineer four years later. It was he who created the Blitzen Benz speed record car of 1910. Following Ferdinand Porsche’s departure in 1929, he was named the technical director. Throughout the period, he concentrated on advanced chassis engineering, which became the mainstay of Mercedes-Benz in the 1930s.



For the new cars, Nibel came up with a straight-eight, pushrod OHV design of 3,823 cc. The new Typ 380 had all-independent suspension, which Nibel had pioneered on the plebeian Typ 170 sedan. A double-wishbone design with coil springs was used in front, with coil-sprung swing axles at the rear. The 380, however, proved to be somewhat underpowered, making 90 bhp when normally aspirated or 140 bhp with the double-vane Roots-type supercharger, which is a bit underwhelming for a two-ton car. Nibel then came up with a larger five-litre engine that gave 100/160 bhp, and introduced it in 1934 as the Typ 500K, “K” in this case meaning kompressor or supercharger. The wheelbase was extended to 3,290 mm (129.5 inches), and a range of cabriolets, roadsters and sedans was offered. Production of 500Ks totalled 354 over three years, followed by a further 419 540Ks with a larger 5,401 cc engine.



This Spezial Roadster replica carries the chassis number of a 1936 500K Cabriolet B and its door openings, wing profiles and bonnet ventilation. The cockpit is upholstered in beige leather, but there is no hood, just an empty dummy cover. The car is fitted with Carl Zeiss front lighting, and it apparently has an original radiator.



Although a replica, the overall effect is not unpleasing, and this car will be sure to find an audience in segments of the sporting world. Given the rarity and extraordinary price point of Spezial Roadsters, a lovely replica such as this is sure to delight the driving enthusiast.





Året 1933 frembragte Mercedes' nye generation af hurtige sportsmodeller, ingeniør Hans Nibels værk. Nibel, født i Böhmen i 1880, studerede ved det Tekniske Universitet i München og kom til Benz & Cie i 1904, hvor han blev chefkonstruktør fire år senere. Det var ham, der skabte hastighedsrekordbilen Blitzen-Benz i 1910. Efter Ferdinand Porsches tilbagetræden i 1929 blev Nibel udnævnt til teknisk direktør. Igennem hele perioden fokuserede han på avanceret understelsdesign, hvilket blev grundlaget for Mercedes-Benz i 1930'erne.



For de nye biler opfandt Nibel en OHV-trykstang og række-otter motor på 3,823 cc. Den nye Typ 380 havde totalt uafhængig affjedring, som Nibel først havde brugt på den ’lavere-rangs’ Typ 170 Sedan. Foran havde man benyttet et double-wishbone design med spiralfjedre, og spiralaffjedringsaksler i bagenden. 380'eren viste sig dog at have en for svag motor, som kun kom op på 90 bhp under normal belastning eller 140 bhp med double-vane Roots-type-kompressoren, hvilket ikke er særlig imponerende for en bil på to tons. Så opfandt Nibel en større femliters motor som gav 100/160 bhp og introducerede den i 1934 som Typ 500K, hvor "K" i denne sammenhæng betyder kompressor. Akselafstanden blev forøget til 3,290 mm (129.5 tommer), og et bredt udvalg af cabrioleter, roadstere og sedaner blev tilbudt. Produktionen af 500K'er nåede over en periode på tre år op på et samlet antal på 354, efterfulgt af yderligere 419 540K'er med større 5,401 cc-motorer.



Denne Spezial Roadster kopi har stelnummeret fra en 1936 500K Cabriolet B og dennes døråbninger, skærmprofil og kølerhjelmsventilation. Førerrummet er polstret i beige læder, men der er ingen kaleche, blot en tom dækplade. Bilen er udstyret med Carl Zeiss-forlygter, og den lader til at have en original køler.



Selvom den er en kopi er den nydelig, og denne bil vil helt sikkert finde et publikum i dele af sportsverdenen. Tager man Spezial Roadsters'ens sjældenhed og ekstraordinære prisklasse i betragtning, garanterer en nydelig kopi som denne stor fornøjelse for bilentusiaster.

Addendum

Please note the chassis number for this car is not on the chassis. However the engine number is correct for a 500K.

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