Meet “Herman” ze German !! An incredible piece of Art. One of the 92 RHD W112 chassis ever built. Rallied across North and South America, and the South East Asian Continent.
ONE OF ONLY 92 RHD Cabriolets out of 708 total Cabriolets ever built, one of the very few with factory air conditioning
The specification of this particular car is virtually identical in almost every resect to the original 3 litre car produced by Mercedes Benz in 1965 and is an all numbers matching car.
Engine: Single ohc, seven bearing cylinders in lines
HP: 8.7 to 1 compression producing 195 bhp at 5,400 rpm
Transmission: Column change “Automatic” 4 speed box with Power Steering
Heating: Air Conditioned (removed to storage)
Suspension System: Hydro-pneumatic, self-levelling air suspension system
Brakes: Discs on all four heels with Servo assistance
Wheels: original Wheels
The car was built and finished as a genuine right hand drive n the 12th November 1965. It was originally finished in red on what is known as a W112 chassis and was sold first to a Captain G B Norrie of the Ham, Berkshire, who ran the car as a member of the Armed Forced in Germany.
On the 8th September 1967 he imported in back into the UK and then two years later on the 2nd November 1969 sold onto a Mr F R P. in Hampshire.
That owner changed the colour to Blue an owned it for he next 40 years! It was garaged but never used from 1988-2009.
Sold to Miss JCA P. in 2009 who never used it on the road during her ownership. In 2012 sold onto Mr A J S.
After this Herman came back to life – rallied through North and South America and East Asia.
2012: Hilton & Moss
A range of major works were initially done by Hilton & Moss to bring it back to the worthy condition during 2012.
2014: Rees Brothers
However, in 2014 it was decided to undertake a 2.5 year full “Body Off” restoration of the car.
This included taking the body off the power train, shot blasting it and repairing back to an as new condition; overhauling all the major power train components (including the engine); stripping all the seating and hood back to bare frame and re-trimming same to Mercedes original leather patterns and mohair hood/ tonneau; new carpeting and trim panels throughout; re-chroming all bright metal parts; and re-polishing all woodwork. Enhancements included new Autosounds Classic radio; lockable storage are to rear boot; stainless steel exhaust system; twin additional Kenlowe cooling fans; central armrest storage unit; electric font windows; and detachable rear wind deflector.
2017: Graham Whitehouse
Finally, in 2017 Graham Whitehouse, one of the best known gearbox restorers in the UK, fitted a modernised 4 speed automatic gear box to improve the power and drive-ability of the car.