Around Ferdinand Porsche the engineers are working to improve the high-end with the Mercedes-Benz Model K and Typ S. The overall size of the chassis is similar but the Typ S results from an innovative mechanical study. Rebalancing masses and stiffness highly improves the performance.
The lowering of the mechanics brings a promising elegance to the bodies built on the Typ S by Daimler Benz or by independent workshops with a very long front hood. The three large prominent pipes on the right side are a curiosity that could symbolize some guarantee on the cooling.
The Typ S is very robust and many cars survived from the 146 built in 1927 and 1928. The standardized name in the Mercedes-Benz range is 26/120/180. Its evolution with a slight increase in engine volume is the Typ SS.
Here are some prices including premium for the 26/120/180. From 1927 : a Sportwagen coachworked in Sindelfingen, sold for $ 5M by Gooding in August 2011. From 1928 : a Sports tourer coachworked by Erdmann and Rossi, sold for $ 4.8M by Bonhams in January 2017 and an aggressive Boattail speedster coachworked by Murphy, sold for $ 3.74M by Gooding in August 2010.
On August 19 at Pebble Beach, Gooding is selling a 26/120/180 from 1928 coachworked in Sports tourer by Gläser, lot 154 estimated $ 5M. Here is the link to the press release (shared with two other pre-war beauties).
This car in very good operating condition has been the joy since 1964 of its recently deceased owner. Painted in bright yellow, it did not go unnoticed in its rides on the narrow roads of his countryside. The roar of its engine was also appreciated, especially when the supercharger was triggering. Please watch the video shared by Gooding.