The ‘Grand Mercedes’ – model 770 – was launched at the Paris Motor Show in October 1930. A representative car designed to meet the most exacting demands, the 770 featured an eight-cylinder inline engine with a displacement of 7.7 liters, available either without supercharger (150 hp) or with supercharger (150 hp/200 hp). Incidentally, only thirteen buyers decided against the supercharger.
Only a small number of 770s were built at the Mercedes-Benz-Werk in Untertürkheim. The W07 platform 770 was produced from 1930 through to 1938 to a total of 117 cars while the wartime W150 carried the production into 1943 and added 88 additional units.
Reputedly costing 47,500 RM when new, the Cabriolet D offered here is one of only 18 produced and comes with a copy of the its original factory order form. Chassis number ‘85205’ was delivered in Berlin on 18th August 1931 to the German actor, dancer and theatre/film director Erik Charell.
This car was owned in 1949 by Kenneth Johnson in Brooklyn, New York, who kept it until 1952 when ownership passed to a Mr Von Mering of Hawley, Pennsylvania. Following restoration and many years in the famous Blackhawk Collection, the magnificent 770 K returned to Germany in 2004 where it was recently restored for a second time. Once again in top mechanical and cosmetic condition, this Großer Mercedes is ready for any event, long distance tour or Concours d’Élégance.
Of the nine examples built, this Pullman Limousine is one of only three examples known to exist, and the only car that is intact and in operable condition. Not only is it a correct, complete car, it is a superb example that has retained its integrity and immense character, making it an ideal choice for serious collectors.
This Mercedes-Benz 770 K, 65 years after it was built, has retained its reputation as one of the finest automobiles ever produced and this Pullman Limousine, with its important political connections, documented provenance, unquestioned authenticity and status as the last example built is an important part of the Mercedes-Benz story.