38 bhp, 1988 cc, side-valve inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, solid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,810 mm
Prior to 1929, the Stuttgart was officially known as the Mercedes-Benz 8/38, which represented the taxable horsepower, 8, and the manufacturers claimed horsepower, 38. This example of a lovely saloon is finished in a two-tone combination of dark blue with black wings. The black leatherette top is nicely fitted, and it displays no obvious or detracting flaws. The restrained amount of brightwork includes the radiator shell, headlight bezels, bumpers, wheel hubs, door handles, and horn, all of which exhibit moderate patina, with slight delamination around the radiator shell cap.
A fitted trunk rests on the rear, between the body and the mounted spare, and it could be utilised for luggage or tool kit storage. The steel artillery-style wheels, which are finished in body colour blue with chrome-plated centre hubs, are fitted inside B.F. Goodrich Silvertown blackwall tyres. The underside is finished in glossy black and presents well overall.
A robust and straightforward six-cylinder engine, which is resting in the engine bay, displays the same thoughtful detailing as the rest of the automobile. The block is finished in silver and black, with many of the ancillary components wearing newer paint or a purposeful cleaning. In addition, the visible wiring in the engine bay appears to be modern in style, which can be a favourable upgrade for the sake of reliability.
The interior cabin is well appointed, with the driver and passenger seats covered in black vinyl and the floors finished in corresponding black carpeting, with no obvious wear present. The dash is covered with black leatherette material and is fitted with period gauges that have been nicely detailed. A gold-hue-plated still plate with Mercedes-Benz script, which is highlighted with blue paint, is a lovely feature of note. To cap off the interior, the grey headliner is augmented by an attractive dome light as a centre piece and charming aqua-blue tinted sun visors for both the driver and passenger. This 8/38 is a well-presented example of early Mercedes-Benz design, and it would be a welcome addition to any Mercedes-Benz collection.