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1935 Mercedes-Benz 290

Sale price: £65,000.00 make an offer

Car location: Weybridge, United Kingdom
Sale type: Fixed price listing

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Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz
Model: 290 ‘Lang’ Pullman Limousine
Year: 1935
Type: Standard Car
Mileage: 33,000
Transmission: Manual
Drive side: Left-hand drive
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1935 Mercedes-Benz 290 for sale

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For sale by auction on Saturday 30 November 2013 with Historics at Brooklands. Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit. Weybridge. Surrey. Call 01753 639170
Images courtesy of www. photograph-er. co. uk

The Mercedes-Benz W18 entered production in 1933 as a
replacement for the type 350/370 Mannheim series. These cars. more
commonly referred to as the Type 290. brought with them a number of
advanced engineering features such as hydraulic brakes. a
transverse leaf-spring/coil spring front suspension. a coil-sprung
floating rear axle and a 60 horsepower side-valve. six-cylinder
engine. Body styles included a four-door touring car. a four-door
saloon and four types of two-door convertibles or cabriolets (A. B. br/>C and D) with seating for three or four. In 1934. a long-wheelbase
version of the 290 was introduced. with factory-bodied offerings
that included a six-seat touring car. a four-door saloon. four
cabriolets (A. B. D and the F Pullman). a Pullman limousine. a
streamlined saloon. a roadster or. if preferred. the customer could
order a bare chassis.

This stunning Mercedes-Benz W18 290 Pullman limousine. which has
been completely restored over the past six years. has a complete
history thanks to the current owner who has researched it both here
in the UK and in Germany with the aid of members of the 290-320
Mercedes-Benz Veteranen Club in Germany. This car was ordered and
purchased new from Mercedes-Benz. Germany by Herr Otto Tribian. the
owner of an up and coming company specialising in the supply of
Schmirgelwerk or cleaning paste. residing in Hann Münden. Lower
Saxony. It remained in his ownership until the outbreak of the
Second World War when the German authorities instructed everyone in
possession of transport to display it in the Street for selection
and use for the war effort. The 290 Lang was taken and assigned to
a nearby munitions factory. stripped of its paintwork. repainted in
camouflage colours and used by the management and visiting German
Officers. After the war. Herr Tribian returned to his company and
continued operating without the car. The Mercedes-Benz was by then
in the hands of a group of Polish forced labourers from the
munitions factory who had nothing to do as the management and
German officers had disappeared in the night never to be seen
again. One of Herr Tribian's company employees spotted the car
stationary at the side of the road and approached it to find our
Polish friends sitting in it with smiles on their faces; it soon
become apparent that they were drunk. Conversation was engaged and
a deal was struck - one Mercedes-Benz 290 Lang for a wrist watch;
we can only imagine there was a somewhat hasty retreat with the car
back to a very grateful Herr Tribian who replaced the watch. In the
history file there is the Kraftfahrzeugbrief or replacement road
taxation document giving the registration number BN 95-3616 and
dated 1951; prior to this. the car had been back to the
coachbuilders to remove the camouflage paint. repair the damaged
wings and carry out all the necessary work to return it to a
useable condition. The story thus far came from the son-in-law of
Herr Tribian who became a director of the company and remembers the
car and all the details involved.

In 1953 the Mercedes-Benz 290 was taken in part exchange for a
new Mercedes-Benz W180 Ponton at a local dealership whereupon it
was purchased by Wing Commander James Donald Wakefield Willis AFC
from the UK forces of occupation in which to transport his wife. br/>two sons and dog. After returning to England in 1956 and being
posted to the Air Ministry in London. he imported the car and used
it for many years. After a while. a new car was purchased and the
Mercedes-Benz was put into the garage and left. His son John
Willis. who by this time had an engineering company. decided to
restore it and started by sending it to a company in Oldham. br/>Manchester for the bodywork to be restored. Unfortunately
however. this company went into liquidation and John Willis had
some difficulty in getting the car back into his possession. Time
lapsed once more; the enthusiasm for the restoration evaporated and
the 290 was put up for sale. A Mr. Hughes of Northern Ireland then
purchased it and started to carry out a restoration. The vendor
purchased the 290 in 2005 and returned the car back to England
where he undertook a six year process and having to undo many of
the poorly crafted items from the previous attempts. This
beautifully restored example is now finished in blue and black with
blue cloth interior and supplied with a V5C registration document
and a file containing the car's history and information regarding
the restoration.

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