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  1. Latest reference I could find. Not listed currently in the Blackhawk museum collection. This is from Pebble Beach 2009: A couple of more pictures here: http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/gallery/17644/Mercedes-Benz-S-Saoutchik-Cabriolet.html In other news, the 1928 Saoutchik Torpedo Roadster sold last week in Monterey for $8,250,000. http://www.rmauctions.com/lots/lot.cfm?lot_id=1061167
  2. Does anyone have any images showing the raising/stowing of a 1932 Roadster convertible top? Specifically, what keeps the rear bottom "snap rail" snug to the body? Thanks.
  3. Just a wild guess -- Sindelfingen is the name of the town; would Sindelfinger mean "a resident" of that town, such as Hamburger, Frankfurter, New Yorker?
  4. If you haven't already talked with them, contact Chrome Tech USA for information.
  5. $7.5 million Friday night classic car auctions in Monterey top $86 million in sales - latimes.com
  6. Any knowledge of what type of wood might be used on the dash of this 1933 710 SS?
  7. Interesting article on Voisin in today's L.A. Times. Thanks in part to Peter Mullin, there is renewed interest in spending big bucks on the cars. Seems like Voisin was quite a character and went out in lavish style, surrounded by women and luxury. Interest in the Voisin brand among classic car collectors revs up - latimes.com
  8. Question: I am confused about conflicting information regarding Lauren's Count Trossi SSK and The Black Prince. Are they one and the same? I've found pictures identified as The Black Prince that differ from the Trossi pictures (different fender treatments, mostly), and the Lauren book doesn't use the term "Black Prince," nor does the information at Paul Russell's website. Hard to find authoritative answers on this one.
  9. The body of this car and the 1928 - 1934 SS are very similar, in fact, nearly identical, though the SS had 3 exhausts. I wonder how much was adapted and more of the story.
  10. Hey, Al. I came across an RM Auctions page and it appears you (or your father?) owned this car for a while. This seems like a silly question, but there aren't too many 540K Cabriolets to look at here in East Tennessee, so let me ask this: How does the canvas convertible boot fit over the down top? Are there slits in it to accommodate the landau hinges?
  11. Mr. Burden seems so interesting that I looked him up online and came across this 2010 memoir about the family by Wendy Burden, which looks like a witty and fascinating read. It's called "Dead End Gene Pool," and I've got to buy it. 3.10.10: Dead End Gene Pool | New York Social Diary
  12. I don't have a dog in this fight, and this is so obvious to say, but Daimler/Mercedes as a company was certainly part of the Nazi war machine, along with other auto manufacturers and many famous brands today, and Uhlenhaut, Porsche, et al, spent a brief time in prison after the war. It is also claimed that many car manufacturers like VW carried on wartime production with Nazi-provided slave labor. But personally, I think it's not productive to carry such observations further. In any case, there's still a lot of choice among pre-Nazi and postwar German cars. The sad fact is, if everybody decide
  13. Interesting tidbits of information about the Von Krieger 540K coming up for auction at Pebble Beach this Sunday. Jay Leno says he'll be there, but won't bid on Nazi-era German cars. 1936 Mercedes could break record at Pebble Beach auction | Auto news | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
  14. I had a discussion with a friend recently and said that for the 500K and 540K, plus others, that chrome wire wheels were not standard and were available only by special order. He replied that he thought these cars were ONLY special order, with no standard production models and no real dealership or showroom network. I had to admit I didn't know. I just assumed there were standard catalog versions, with options and special orders available, and the cars could be purchased through authorized agents. Road & Track said they were "often" purchased by special order. Does anyone know about the di
  15. Duplicate post. Can't delete post.
  16. I think it will either rust away before then, or go up in flames. Have you seen the pictures of the salvage yard in South Central L.A. where it's stored? That place looks like a tinderbox.
  17. Unfortunately, I have recently heard from a contact who is involved in the negotiations, and they have basically given up. He doesn't think that car will ever see the light of day again.
  18. If the Caracciola 500K coupe was properly restored and brought to auction, I bet it would sell for much more.
  19. Coming up, August 18-19, Gooding & Company will be auctioning the Von Krieger 1936 540 K Special Roadster at Pebble Beach, expected to fetch the highest price of any Mercedes ever sold at auction (eclipsing the $9-million-plus of the last one). Von Krieger’s 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K for Sale at Gooding & Company
  20. I'll need it for about a year. How about $175.00 then? (That gives you more than 20 minutes to ruminate)
  21. Here's mine - soft cover, 6"x8" with fold-out diagrams.
  22. I have a German version of this manual which I bought on eBay about 5 years ago, under $100 - it's in such perfect condition, I'm sure it must be a reprint, but I can't find any experts, even at Mercedes,who are aware of such a reprint. It looks like it just came off the press - no crimps, no yellowing of paper (which exactly duplicates other Mercedes manuals), with crisp type and illustrations that make me think they at least used the original plates. There is no printing date or such information on it, and it even has a loose slip of paper noting errata. The seller didn't know its background
  23. I couldn't find the Pre-War Mercedes thread, so I thought I'd just mention to aficionados that Bonham's will be auctioning an original, English language version of the SS/SSK instruction manual at Goodwood on FRiday, June 29. This is right up there with hen's teeth. Even the Mercedes Classic Centers don't have one. Bonhams 1793 : A Mercedes-Benz Sports Cars instruction book, for SS and SSK models, English text, June 1931,
  24. Thanks. In addition to the main page link you posted, here are better links for the others: Construction - ALBERTO DE OLIVEIRA Galleries - Alberto de Oliveira
  25. On another subject that you may find of interest...Alberto de Oliveira, a Portuguese modeler who passed away last year at 85, specialized in large-scale Mercedes (typically 1/8) and he was building until the end. Everything was scratch-built using wooden bucks and metal, some of it simply upsized from existing kits, and he had a friend with Mercedes who supplied him with vast amounts of reference. He also was a collector of zillions of Mercedes diecasts. The web pages are in Portuguese, but you can see his accomplishments in the images. His son is trying to sell the entire collection, asking
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