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The car you are looking at right now could be mistaken for an Alfa Romeo, a Delahaye, a Maserati, but certainly not a Mercedes-Benz.

Its history began in 1940, when a very ordinary Type 320 (W142) with chassis #440704 rolled out of the factory gates. The car fell into the hands of the Munich police chief, survived the war and after its end became the property of the entrepreneur, philanthropist and director of the Munch theater, Robert Koenig.

The new owner decided to transform the car’s appearance and contacted the Wendler Reutlingen body shop, which specializes in creating exclusive aluminum bodies for cars. In total, the Wendler body shop built two copies based on the Type 320 (W142-IV) cabriolet – pearl-silver and turquoise.

The technical characteristics of the car remained the same: it is equipped with a six-cylinder engine with a power of 78 hp and a volume of 3.4 liters, which allows it to reach a maximum speed of just over 120 km / h. Even at that time, the Mercedes-Benz Type 320 model was designed with increased comfort for passengers in mind, and its handling and ease of use were recognized as exemplary in 1940.

In 1950, Mercedes-Benz #440704 was reborn in a new guise. The car was equipped with a modern aerodynamic pontoon body, the design of which was developed by the Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. The seats and interior were made of green leather, and the floor was covered with beige carpets.

Robert Koenig presented the updated car to the principal ballerina of his theater, Lili Zeisner. A mirror with temperature and altitude indicators was installed in the car especially for her.

The unique convertible was kept by the Zeissner family until the beginning of the 21st century. The current owner bought this car in 2003 from Lili’s children, and the car was in very poor condition. The restoration took place partly in Lithuania, partly in Germany and Italy at an accelerated pace. And already in 2004, the restored car first went to a rally of retro cars.

Below you will see the second convertible from the Wendler workshop, without any additional modifications from the Italians:

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