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Mercedes-Benz 230 Cabriolet 6 Cylinder — 1938

Refurbished from scratch to a very nice condition. Arrived to Denmark as a German staff car during the occupation in 1940.

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"This car has historical WW2 history and is in very good condition both inside and out. However has been on display at Janneholms museum for many years, needs a service and a mechanical overhaul."

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Michael Luft
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Frans Johansson
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"This car has historical WW2 history and is in very good condition both inside and out. However has been on display at Janneholms museum for many years, needs a service and a mechanical overhaul."


Mercedes-Benz built many different models and sizes even during the 1930s. This 230 Cabriolet arrived to Denmark as German staff car during the occupation in 1940. It was used by the Germans until 1945. Efter the war it was confiscated and later sold to a gardener on the island of Fyn in Denmark. He owned it until the early 1960s. Then an employee bought it. Some time later he moved to Sweden and so did the car. In the beginning of the 1980s it was bought as an object and an extensive refurbishing started by diassembling the car. The bodywork was fully refurbished and got a premium quality paintwork which is fine even today, but with minor polishing scratches and risings of the paint. The chrome is also fine with slight patina on some details. The front seats were refurbished while the original rear seat was saved. Additionally, the mat, the interior of the doors and canvas bonnet are all new.
This car was very modern for its time with rockshaft, hydraulic brakes and central lubrication. The 230 model was built between 1937 and 1941 was change somewhat with the year model 1938 when it for instance got a spare-wheel hatch.
This specimen has been described in several jounal reports and is well documented.

Technical data

  • Year
  • Registration date
  • Mileage
  • Kw / hp
    40 / 54 
  • Fuel Type
  • Transmission
    Manual 4 Speed 
  • Interior finish
  • Colour


  • Mechanical condition:

    Started but not test run.

  • Interior condition:

    The back seat in original condition with nice patina. The front chairs are well refurbished. Recently refurbished door interiors and new mats.

  • Exterior condition:

    Fully refurbished body, very nice paintwork with some few risings and polishing scratches. Very nice chrome with some few pillings. Canvas top in very good condition.

  • General condition:

    Fantastic overall looks.

MOT (tech. insp.)

Fordonsstatus Avst 2013-05-14
Ursprungsbesiktning 1991-05-30 (regbes)
Datum i trafik 1:a gång 1991-05-30
Besiktningsperiod -
Senast godk besiktning -
Skattebefriad Ja
Antal ägare 4

Facts about the model

The car was initially built with the same 2,700 mm (110 in) wheelbase as the Typ 200 (W 21). It also inherited the sophisticated all-round independent suspension system originally introduced with the manufacturer’s smaller Mercedes-Benz W15 model. There was no full width axle at the front, the wheels being suspended from two transverse leaf springs. At the back there were two half swing-axles.

The body was further lengthened, however, with standard-bodied cars now coming in at 4,400 mm (170 in), while the width had increased to 1,370 mm (54 in). The 6-cylinder 2,229 cc unit was the one that had first been seen a year earlier as part of the 1936 upgrade on the W 21 model, but now it was matched up to a more conventional four-speed manual transmission. The top ratio on the 2,229 cc version of the earlier model had been in effect an overdrive. Claimed top speed was 116 km/h (72 mph).

Location and viewing Information

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·     Sunday 17 June at 13-19
·     Monday 18 June at 15-20
·     Monday 25 June at 15-20

Showroom address: JÄNNAHOLM 8510, 280 40 Skånes Fagerhult

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