Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet B

The History of my Mercedes

I am convinced that my Mercedes, Chassis no. 434 801, once belonged to Reinhard Heydrich. Below are listed a couple of points that are worth noticing on Heydrichs car. These points were / are matching on my Mercedes.



  1. Licence plate in a frame behind glass.
  2. Solid bumper support.
  3. Undivided bumper.
  4. Wheel rim profile.
  5. Boot scrape.
  6. No metalframe.
  7. Sun visors.
  8. Black steering wheel, white instruments.
  9. Aerial.
  10. Bulb in front wing.
  11. Flag/standard holder.
  12. Handle design.
  13. Holder for rear-view mirror.
  14. Hood lock.
  15. Strap.
  16. Handle lever.
  17. Upholstery.
  18. Air passage for defroster.
  19. Seat stitching and side upholstery.
  20. Ash tray.
  21. Front bumpers – divided.
  22. Centre support.
  23. Holes for side lights/ rear-view mirror.
  24. Door upholstery with spring strap
  25. Covering.

Barnfind

The car was found in the ruins after a left orchard in western Sealand, for 21 years. It had been placed in a wooden garage for many years until the garage collapsed. The car was then pulled outside and put up for sale.


Bilen i garage fra 1959 til 1980

The shape of the car

I bought the car on the 25th of january 1980. Upon arrival in Klejtrup, the recovery work started. Piles of dirt and trash were digged out of the car and everything was sorted in order to recover all valuable parts. Among these parts we discovered military effects, some of which were given to the museum in Viborg.

When I purchased the car, the side steps had been changed (but the boot scrapers were intact) The bump in the right rear end had been temporarily repaired. It was also noticed that right side and rear end body work seemed to have been repaired among others using large amounts of tin. The rear end was originally designed with an integrated frame for the rear license plate, which was now filled out and covered by tin.


Contact with Mercedes, Germany

I contacted Mercedes in Germany to order spare parts and to recover the history of the car. Mercedes informed us, that this car had never been sold for private use and that they were unable to help us. They did not have any spare parts but I received a spare part catalogue and repair manual (both as photocopies). In addition, I received a list of sub-suppliers, both present and pre-war. It was also noticed that the car was equipped with ashtrays, boot scrapers in the side steps and cabin heater with wind screen defroster and sun visors, which was very unusual for the time being. At the end of the restoration, when we started driving the car, it was noticed that rear right wheel shaft was bent.


Conclusion

Several TV reporters, journalists and historians have investigated the history of my car, because of the high amount of similarities between it and Reinhard Heydrich’s car. All of these have arrived at the same conclusion: that the cars are identical – the only thing we lack is the chassis number of Heydrich’s car. According to the productionlists for Mercedes 320, it appears that only 34 chassis were manufactured in 1938 – distributed on 10 different types of body work. Of these 34 cars only 1 Cabriolet B was sent to Mannheim in order to be equipped in the way, which Heydrich’s car was. If the car had been returned to Sindelfinden for demonstration or sale, it would have been properly registered by Mercedes, Germany. It has not yet been possible to obtain any objective evidence, verifying that Heydrich drove this specific car, but looking at the limited number of cars produced, the information above and the images before that, indicating similarities, there is a very high level of probability that this was the car of Reinhard Heydrich. If you have any questions or remarks, feel free to contact me here.