Paris

7 February 2018

1936 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet B

  • Chassis no. 147781
  • Engine no. 147781

Without Reserve

Documents: Portuguese Certificado de Matrícula


  • Elegant 540 K-style cabriolet bodywork
  • Quality presentation throughout
  • A very rare body style


The 290 Cabriolet B was recognisable by its massive front-opening, or ‘suicide’, doors, which heightened the visual impression of the car’s interior room. Its sporty, open, two-door bodywork, long-wheelbase and deep black finish are complemented by such exterior features as colour-matched steel wheels with wide whitewall tyres, a tilt-out windshield, dual side-mounted spare tyres, trafficators and a pair of landau irons. All of the brightwork has been refinished, and the black cloth top is older and presentable, despite some wear from storage, as is the matching cloth top boot.

The interior features quality red leather upholstery with matching carpeting. All of the passenger compartment components, including the lovely, unrestored gauge cluster, the clock and lighter and the attractive aluminium-faced steering wheel, appear correct. The wooden dash and window frames have also been re-finished to a high degree. The engine bay is tidy, as is the underside, which has been cosmetically refinished. This very elegant Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet B is a lesser-seen motor car in today’s classic car market. With its longer wheelbase and stately open-air body, it will be a thrill to tour in or simply admire.





• Élégante carrosserie cabriolet dans le style de la 540 K
• Présentation de qualité à tous points de vue
• Très rare version de carrosserie

La Mercedes 290 Cabriolet B était reconnaissable à ses deux portes "suicides" très longues, qui soulignaient l'impression visuelle d'un habitacle spacieux. Sa carrosserie deux-places, décapotable et sportive, son empattement long et sa finition d'un noir profond sont ici complétés par des équipements particuliers comme des jantes en acier couleur carrosserie chaussées de pneus à larges flancs blancs, un pare-brise rabattable, deux roues de secours dans les ailes, des clignotants et des ciseaux de capote chromés. Tous les chromes ont été refaits et la capote en tissu noir est plus ancienne et présentable, malgré une certaine usure, tout comme le protège-capote assorti.

L'intérieur présente une sellerie en cuir rouge avec moquette de même teinte. Tous les équipements de l'habitacle, comme la superbe platine d'instruments non restaurée, l'horloge, l'allume-cigare et le séduisant volant à branches en aluminium, sont corrects. Le tableau de bord et les hauts de portes en bois ont aussi fait l'objet d'une réfection de haut niveau. Le compartiment moteur est soigné, tout comme les soubassements, qui ont bénéficié d'une finition cosmétique. Cette très élégante Mercedes 290 Cabriolet B est une voiture peu fréquente sur le marché actuel des automobiles anciennes. Avec son empattement long et sa majestueuse carrosserie ouverte, elle invite à y prendre place ou à se laisser admirer, tout simplement.

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