Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet A

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  • Elegant colour scheme in black with leather interior in blue-gray
  • Drive and technology completely overhauled
  • Fully restored in Germany with new wooden frame and body, preserved in excellent condition
  • A rare and high quality Mercedes convertible of the 30s, whose appearance is equal to the 8-cylinder models

The Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet A

The Mercedes Benz 320 was introduced in February 1937 at the International Automobile and Motorcycle Exhibition (IAMA) in Berlin as the successor to the 290. The larger engine with 10% more displacement and a power increase from 10 hp to 78 hp was a noticeable improvement and suited the positioning of the 320 as a large comfortable touring car. The 3.2 liter six-cylinder in-line engine with the internal design number M 142 was optimized in detail as follows: To increase running culture, the crankshaft was given 12 counterweights. In addition, a Solex double downdraft carburetor was used for mixture preparation and replaced the updraft carburetor of the predecessor. On the transmission side, the 320 received a regular four-speed manual transmission with a direct ratio fourth gear instead of the high-speed gearbox of the Type 290. The frame and chassis were largely unchanged from the Type 290, so that the 320 was also available in two different wheelbases. As before, there was a wide variety of body variants. Available were a 5-seat sedan and 7-seat Pullman sedan, a modern and futuristic streamlined sedan, the convertibles in variants A, B, D and F, an open touring car and a 2/3-seat roadster, as well as the then obligatory pure chassis. The Cabriolet A had three distinctive windshield wipers due to its wide and flat windshield. The Cabriolet A models were all produced at the Mannheim body shop, and only about 30 of them - an exclusive small series, even by the standards of the time.


This Mercedes Benz 320 Cabriolet A was delivered in July 1937 and is one of probably only about 30 320 Cabriolet A produced. The vehicle has been with the current owner in Germany since 2004, who had purchased the vehicle in unrestored original condition. He then had the car completely restored by a specialist company in Germany over a period of several years, including a new wooden frame and bodywork. The leather interior was also completely renewed and the woods of the interior were reworked accordingly. The 6-cylinder in-line engine with a displacement of 3.2 liters was overhauled or partially renewed, as was the chassis and the rest of the technology. This restoration dates back several years and is preserved in excellent condition. The color scheme in black with blue-gray leather gives the car a very elegant appearance. A special detail is the transverse seat for a third passenger behind the two front seats. This very rare Mercedes 320 Cabriolet A captivates with its sporty elegant lines and the numerous loving details, so that this car is in no way inferior to the large 8-cylinder Mercedes models of its era.

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Data & Facts

First Registration1937

Engine6-cylinder in-line engine, water-cooled, twin downdraft carburetor Solex 32 JFF

Transmissionmanual, 4-speed, middle gear

Weightapprox. 1.950 kg

Quantityaround 30 examples as Cabriolet A, a total of 5,097 examples

Power3,185 cc, approx. 78 hp at 4,000 rpm (factory specifications)

BrakesDrum brakes front/rear, hydraulic

Top Speedapprox. 120 kph

Priceon request (§25a, VAT not to be shown)

DocumentsGerman registration papers, photos and restoration documentation

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