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One-off 1938 Mercedes-Benz, bombed in 1942, is restored

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Josée Paquet

A restored 1938 Mercedes-Benz cabriolet type B model 320 will be auctioned in Denmark on June 26th. Its remarkable story could raise the bids extremely high.
Originally owned by Nazi Reinhard Heydrich, the car was bombed in Prague in 1942. Oh, by the way, it’s only copy ever produced at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Mannheim. 

Lauritz Lauritzen, who miraculously found it in a barn in 1980, kept the severely damaged cabriolet and asked a skilled Mercedes technician to make it operational again. Full restoration took 11 years.

Later, this WWII survivor crisscrossed Europe and took part in the Berlin plant’s 125th anniversary celebration along with the ten most beautiful cars in Mercedes-Benz history.

How much do you think it will sell for?

More pictures and video on the auctionner website.


Josée Paquet
Josée Paquet
Automotive expert