Amelia Island | Lot 275
1934 Horch 780 B Sportcabriolet by Gläser
$350,000 - $500,000 USD | Not Sold
| Amelia Island, Florida
7 March 2020
- One of only 83 780 B models produced
- A well-engineered German luxury car, very rare in the U.S.
- Handsome restoration by German marque specialists
- Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic
Introduced in March 1932, the 700 series models by famed German automaker Horch were led by the Type 780, designed by Fritz Fiedler with an inline 4.9-liter engine with an overhead cam. The engine developed 100 bhp and was sufficient for a top speed around 125 km/h. Between 1932 and 1934, a little over 300 of these supremely elegant cars were completed, of which only 83 were the later 780 B model, differentiated by a 30 mm wider track.
The car offered here, the third-to-last 780 B chassis constructed, was delivered in 1934 and made its way to Belarus at the end of World War II. It was discovered there in 2005 and acquired by marque specialists Horch Classic GmbH. It appears that at some point in its past, the original coachwork had been lost, but evidently a Sportcabriolet body, likely a Gläser creation for a Horch 710, was available. Given the unusually low top stack and fleetness of line of this body, one can understand why Horch Classic envisioned it on this 780, which utilizes the same wheelbase.
The seven-year restoration reportedly involved exhaustive research and the use of many correct components. Horch Classic noted that the body’s inner wooden frame, outer panels, and top bows were in remarkably good condition and were preserved wherever possible. The frame was carefully cleaned and restored, with the portions showing excessive corrosion being carefully replaced. The engine, front and rear axles, differential, gearbox, and steering gear were all dismantled and overhauled as necessary; the engine was fitted with new bearings, pistons, and modern radial oil seals. All fuel lines were made of copper and the exhaust system of stainless steel. The original transmission was exchanged for a modern Getrag five-speed unit, making the car much easier to drive and enjoy.
Finishing the body is a beautiful Royal Blue, an interior in rich grey leather embroidered with the Horch logo, and a grey cloth top. Correct hardware and chrome wire wheels finish the presentation. The completed Horch was exhibited at the Jewels in the Park Concours d’Elegance at Classic Days in Schloss Dyck, Germany, in 2013, and received an award for the Best Restoration on exhibit. It is offered here with a file that includes period images of the Horch 710 and 780 models, and photographs of the restoration. Few examples of the 780 remain extant, and few have been finished to this award-winning standard, making this a unique standout for the Full Classic collector seeking the truly unusual.