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#1 Jon Saltinstall

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Posted 20 June 2022 - 12:51

Is anyone able please to identify the make and model of car which Juan-Manuel Fangio is driving here at the 1982 Brussels Classic Rally (chauffeuring Jacky and Catherine Ickx around the course)?

 

Any assistance greatly appreciated, and will receive an acknowledgement in the forthcoming book!

 

Many thanks.

 

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#2 Collombin

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Posted 20 June 2022 - 13:30

Not my area of expertise at all, but googling "Mercedes 500K Cabriolet C" brings up some pics of a very similar looking car.

#3 Vitesse2

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Posted 20 June 2022 - 13:34

Very obviously a Mercedes Benz - see the three-pointed star on the hubcaps - but the exact model could be tricky to pin down, especially if - as is probable - it's a bespoke body. Could be a 320, a 500, a 540 ...



#4 Gary Davies

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Posted 20 June 2022 - 13:35

540K B cabriolet?



#5 Jon Saltinstall

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Posted 20 June 2022 - 15:31

Thanks all - - not quite sure how I managed to work the "make and" into the question (schoolboy error) but as for the model, the 540K seems pretty much nailing it to my eyes.

 

Very much appreciated, as ever.



#6 Allan Lupton

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Posted 20 June 2022 - 17:43

The wheels are M-B 500K or 540K I'd say - I expect there's a magazine report of the event which might be helpful, but it's not in Motor Sport.



#7 Jon Saltinstall

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Posted 20 June 2022 - 19:56

I have been struggling to find any report of the event, truth be told Allan! Although as Ickx's appearance appears to have been limited to the parade, that's maybe not too critical.



#8 mikeC

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Posted 21 June 2022 - 16:48

It's a circa 1937/38 Mercedes 540k Cabriolet B by Sindelfingen:

 

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The Cabriolet B was the only version to have the small window behind the B-pillar.



#9 Jon Saltinstall

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Posted 22 June 2022 - 10:20

Beautiful stuff, thank you Mike!