1929 Mercedes-Benz Lawton Limousine

460 Nürburg Limousine Séparation Chauffeur

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1929
  • Car type 
    Saloon
  • Lot number 
    153
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Red
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

German title
Chassis n°52685
Engine n° 52685

- Matching numbers
- The imposing appearance of a 770K
- Recent full restoration

The final cornerstone model in touring car production after the Mercedes-Benz merger was the Nürburg 460 which was equipped with a 4.6-litre eight-cylinder engine. Endurance tests took place at the Nürburgring circuit, giving the car its name. Developed during Ferdinand Porsche's era, before he left Daimler-Benz, the Nürburg 460 was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 1928 and remained in production until December 1933. A highly elegant model, it had the capacity to carry 6-7 passengers comfortably at speed.
This exceptional example is a short chassis version (3430 mm). It is fitted with the factory limousine body, and the red and black paintwork gives it a sporty appearance. The car was likely delivered new to a person of some standing as it is fitted with a partition. Pre-war Mercedes archives were largely destroyed during WW2 bombing, and so the early history of this imposing Mercedes is not known. We have, however, contacted a previous owner, Mr Peter S, who informed us that a full restoration was carried out some twenty years ago in the Frankfurt area. It is clear the car has been used sparingly as both the bodywork and interior remain in exceptional condition. The quality of workmanship and materials is remarkable, with a front bench seat in leather, as was correct for the driver, in red, and rear seats and fold-down seating covered in red velvet. There are no defects and the upholstery is in 'as-new' condition. At the back, the car has its original travelling trunk with two large black suitcases. The chrome is in excellent condition and the artillery wheels are superb.
This is a high-class automobile that would be a welcome participant at a Concours d'Elégance.

For more information and photos: https://www.artcurial.com/fr/lot-1929-mercedes-benz-460-nurburg-limousine-separation-chauffeur-3980-153

Photos © Alex Penfold