Mercedes-Benz 130 2-Door Saloon

The Mercedes-Benz 130 was introduced at the Berlin show in February 1934. The 1,308-cc boxer engine was mounted longitudinally at the rear of the car, providing a top speed of 92 km/h. The 130 was available in sedan, open-top sedan and cabriolet versions. Much of its design was influenced by Ferdinand Porsche, the head of design and engineering at the time. As early as 1927, Daimler-Benz was experimenting with a swing-axle, rear-engine car which used a 1.3-litre four-cylinder, air-cooled, horizontally-opposed engine.

The 130H (‘Heckmotor’ or simply rear engine) was somewhat timidly introduced in the wake of a more conventional 170 front-engine car. It was no doubt the inspiration for Dr. Porsche’s Volkswagen Type 1 just a few years later. Porsche departed Daimler-Benz on the worst of terms, and it would be his successor, Hans Nibel, who arrived at the beginning of 1929, that became responsible for completing the engineering of the unique vehicle. In 1936, an improved 1.7-litre version was offered as a companion to the more conventional 170, but the “Mercedes-Benz Beetle” never caught on.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London.

26 hp, 1,308 cc air-cooled in-line four-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, leaf and coil spring front suspension, tubular backbone chassis. Wheelbase: 2,600 mm

Source: RM Autions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tom Wood

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