Lot 2094

Fort Lauderdale 2022

1937 Mercedes-Benz 230 N Cabriolet A


$175,000 - $200,000 USD | Not Sold

United States | Fort Lauderdale, Florida



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  • One of 963 “N” chassis produced for the model year
  • Finished in a striking polychrome livery of Deep Ruby Red and black over tan leather upholstery
  • Powered by its numbers-matching 2.3-liter straight-six-cylinder engine; four-speed manual gearbox
  • Benefits from a stunning restoration; a spectacular entrant for pre-war tours and exhibitions
  • A full-fledged CCCA Full Classic; rarely seen in North America

In 1937, Mercedes-Benz introduced the Type 230 “N,” internally designated W143. As the successor to the previous Type 230 (W21), it used its predecessor’s chassis with four-wheel independent suspension and a 2,700-millimetre wheelbase. Rather oddly, the marque also produced a longer-wheelbase version of the same powertrain family, and as such, these smaller and more sporting 230-class chassis were retroactively designated “N,” or “normal.” Two different chassis designs were employed, with long-wheelbase tourers and limousines using a box-section frame while the short-chassis cars employed an oval-tube backbone.

As a pioneer in fully independent suspension for passenger cars, the 230 N employed double transverse leaf springs in the front and swing axles with double coil springs in the rear.

A full set of hydraulic-assisted brakes also came standard. The 230 was competitively priced for a six-cylinder car and suited the prevailing market conditions, being compact and economical yet constructed to Mercedes-Benz’s traditionally high standard. Factory production records sourced from Daimler’s digital archive indicate that approximately 963 N chassis were produced in 1937 in a variety of body styles that included a roadster, two types of cabriolet, and a saloon.

This handsomely restored 230 N Cabriolet A is an excellent example of the W143-generation’s streamlined bodywork which is stylistically congruent with its larger and more exclusive cousins—namely the 290, 320, and 540-class convertibles. The striking Deep Ruby Red body and brilliant chrome brightwork provide a striking contrast to the car’s black fenders and matching cabriolet top. The interior is trimmed in tan leather with matching carpets and top liner. Typical of German cars of this era, the dashboard is beautifully appointed with clear, well-laid-out gauges that are surrounded by Bakelite switchgear.

The consignor reports that the car’s 2.3-liter engine was completely rebuilt during its restoration, and this powerplant is paired to a four-speed manual transmission. Additional noteworthy features include a pair of sidemount spares wrapped in wide whitewall tires, color-matched wheels, integrated trafficators, and chrome-finished exhaust.

The Mercedes-Benz 230 is recognized by the Classic Car Club of American as a Full Classic and as such is eligible to participate in their CARavans and Grand Classics.