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.
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.