Estimated : CHF 75.000 – 85.000
Sold for CHF 71.875 – € 65.216
The Bonmont Sale
Collectors’ Motor Cars – Bonhams
Golf & Country Club de Bonmont
Switzerland – Suisse – Schweiz
Mercedes-Benz’s 230 was the latest evolution of Hans Nibel’s original 170 design, featuring a box-section frame with independent suspension all round; four-wheel hydraulic brakes; and a newly enlarged 55bhp six-cylinder sidevalve engine. It was an unusually advanced small automobile for its era, and would become one of the most popular Mercedes-Benz models of the time. In more recent decades the 230 has been overshadowed by the large supercharged eight-cylinder models, and so to find an example that has been fully restored, especially an elegant limousine model, is rare.
The 230 Limousine A offered here is well presented and has the schiebedach, or sliding fabric sunroof, which opens up the entire interior so that both driver and passengers can enjoy fresh air and sunshine. The body has been restored to its original factory standard, with generally good brightwork and paint. Noteworthy features include a mirror spotlight, trafficators, and dual side-mounted spares, the latter adding a touch of elegance. The interior is upholstered in black leather in good condition, with matching carpeting, beige fabric headliner, and nicely varnished original woodwork surrounding restored instruments.
A charming and well-presented ‘small’ Mercedes-Benz of its era, this car would make a fine counterpoint to the 500 K or 540 K in one’s collection. It has its own distinctive charm and fine style, and would provide a wonderful driving experience for its new owner.