What Is This: An Early Mercedes-Benz 300SL?

This spring when I went to Germany, we visited a museum that was over-filled with cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, tools, and many other things.  It actually was more of a hoard than a museum or collection.  The building had about three times more vehicles in it than it could hold.  It was very difficult to see many of the vehicles in the museum.

One of the vehicles caught my interest and I have not been able to identify it.  This vehicle is shown below.  It looks like an early Mercedes-Benz 300SL, a W194, but I am not yet convinced.  Take a look at this car and help me identify it.

Is This An Early Mercedes-Benz 300SL?

I do think that it looks like an early Mercedes-Benz 300SL, but the horizontal bars in the front grille are directly opposite to the vertical bars that I’ve seen in many of the early Mercedes-Benz 300SL or W194 cars.

The turn signals or running lights on top of the fenders are not seen on the early Mercedes-Benz 300SL.

Note That The Doors Are Hinged At The Back

Note that this car is parked beside a Mercedes-Benz 190SL, which makes me wonder if this was some sort of prototype of the Mercedes-Benz 190SL.  I’m not sure if it is some photo distortion, but the mystery car looks to be narrower than the 190SL.

The Rear End Looks A Little Like a Mercedes-Benz 220

This car is a convertible car which is not common for a Mercedes-Benz W194.  I wanted to get a closer look at this car to see if there were some clues as to what model it is, but it was not possible.

If you can identify this car or have some thoughts or comments on this car that you would like to share, then please leave a comment below this message.  Alternately, you can contact me directly as outlined in the “About” page of this website.

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3 Responses to What Is This: An Early Mercedes-Benz 300SL?

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  2. Ton van de Rijt says:

    This car could be one of the cars built at MHK in Kaiserslautern Germany, the masterschool for car designers and coachbuilders. As part of the training the pupils had to design and built a car from existing parts .About 200 cars were built there between 1951 and 1965.
    In the link some examples of the cars that were built.
    Best regards from the Netherlands
    Ton van de Rijt


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