Mercedes-Benz 230 Cabriolet B
|Model||230 Cabriolet B|
|Steering||Left Hand Drive|
|Extras||Spoked wheels, white wall tyres, suitcase|
...or what was it actually like in those days?
A luxury car as an outstanding achievement of the German automotive industry in dark times – when arms production had priority. Vehicle purchases were subsidised if the vehicles were made available in the event of mobilisation. Mercedes Type 200/230 (W21) cars were often used as commander vehicles, preferably the cabriolet version. Structurally different to the previous models, they were suspended on coil springs on the swing axle, with two transversely-mounted leaf springs on the front axle and hydraulic brakes on all four wheels. Manufactured at the Mannheim works, which were completely destroyed during the war.
...or how it has fared over the years?
The details of the vehicle’s history are no longer available due to the chaos of war. Vehicles of this class were usually confiscated by the occupying forces and transferred to their respective home countries. They often ended up in U.S. collections or were even used in Eastern Europe to house chickens.
...or how it really is. Original, given a facelift or fully restored?
The vehicle has been recently restored both mechanically and visually. Proper documentation of the restoration is available. The quality of the vehicle with regard to its appearance and engineering is probably in line with the original factory delivery. The appearance colour-wise is very attractive and eye-catching.
...or what is it like to drive?
In its excellent state, the vehicle can be used at any time for longer and shorter trips. With its robust engineering, reasonable average speeds over long distances are still feasible. As a four-seater it is very family-friendly. A dream Cabriolet not only for next summer, but for many years to come, especially with capital appreciation.