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Segment: Upper Premium

After the Great Depression, Germany started to get back on its feet, and Maybach struggled to survive in a market segment dominated by Mercedes-Benz.

Still, it didn't want to give up.

Unlike its main competitor, Maybach didn't know how to build affordable cars. Unlike Mercedes-Benz, which created new cars from scratch, it tried to make the same big, imposing vehicles but fitted with smaller engines. The Typ SW35/SW38 was developed just after the Great Depression and was created as a luxury car with an inline-six under the hood.

Maybach already had its way of creating cars and applied them to the new model. It mounted the headlights on top of the curved, wide fenders that flanked the engine compartment. Thus, it cleared the cooling area in front of the radiator. Just like other Maybach products, this one featured an imposing tilted and slightly V-shaped grille-mounted behind the chassis's endings, so it could be protected. Behind the curved fenders, the manufacturer mounted the spare wheels, one on each side of the vehicle. Depending on the customer's specifications, it could install rear-hinged or front-hinged front doors while the rear ones were rear-hinged. Thus, when both doors were opened, they created a vast area between the A- and C-pillars. It was a daring innovation, but since the SW35/SW38 was built on top of a chassis, it did work.

The cabin was luxurious, boasting a full leather-wrapped interior. Its front bucket seas were wide and sported grab-handles behind their seatbacks. That helped the rear occupants with their ingress and egress from the vehicle.

Unfortunately, the weak 3.5-liter engine produced just a mere 140 PS (138 hp), and it was paired to a four-speed manual gearbox plus overdrive. After Germany decided to decrease the fuel quality on the market, Maybach increased the engine's displacement to 3.8-liter to not lose power.

MAYBACH Typ SW 35/SW 38 1935 - 1939 8 Photos
MAYBACH Typ SW 35/SW 38 (1935 - 1939)MAYBACH Typ SW 35/SW 38 (1935 - 1939)MAYBACH Typ SW 35/SW 38 (1935 - 1939)MAYBACH Typ SW 35/SW 38 (1935 - 1939)MAYBACH Typ SW 35/SW 38 (1935 - 1939)MAYBACH Typ SW 35/SW 38 (1935 - 1939)MAYBACH Typ SW 35/SW 38 (1935 - 1939)MAYBACH Typ SW 35/SW 38 (1935 - 1939)
MAYBACH Typ SW 35/SW 38 1935 - 1939
  3 gasoline engines
  • 3.4
  • 3.8
  • 3.8 Lang

MAYBACH Typ SW 35/SW 38 3.4

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.4
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
3434 cm3
Power
103 KW @ 4500 RPM
140 HP @ 4500 RPM
138 BHP @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetors
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
93 mph (150 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Sequential, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
6.50-17
DIMENSIONS
Length
196.9 in (5001 mm)
Width
72.8 in (1849 mm)
Height
65 in (1651 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.7/58.3 in (1,440/1,481 mm)
Wheelbase
133.1 in (3381 mm)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
12.8 mpg US (18.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
437 g/km

MAYBACH Typ SW 35/SW 38 3.8

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.8
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
3815 cm3
Power
103 KW @ 4000 RPM
140 HP @ 4000 RPM
138 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetors
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
93 mph (150 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Sequential, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
6.50-17
DIMENSIONS
Length
196.9 in (5001 mm)
Width
72.8 in (1849 mm)
Height
65 in (1651 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.7/58.3 in (1,440/1,481 mm)
Wheelbase
133.1 in (3381 mm)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
12.8 mpg US (18.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
437 g/km

MAYBACH Typ SW 35/SW 38 3.8 Lang

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.8 Lang
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
3815 cm3
Power
103 KW @ 4000 RPM
140 HP @ 4000 RPM
138 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetors
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
93 mph (150 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Sequential, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
6.50-17
DIMENSIONS
Width
72.8 in (1849 mm)
Height
65 in (1651 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.7/58.3 in (1,440/1,481 mm)
Wheelbase
144.9 in (3680 mm)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
12.8 mpg US (18.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
437 g/km
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