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Segment: Upper Premium

Maybach was struggling to survive in the luxury market segment where Mercedes-Benz started to increase its presence, and the German carmaker developed the SW 35 lineup to survive.

With the German economy starting to rise again after the Great Depression, Maybach saw this opportunity to launch a new range of vehicles. Like its main competitor, Mercedes-Benz, it created a new chassis and a new drivetrain and offered it in various shapes and sizes.

The SW35/38 came with a typical design for those times. Unlike Mercedes-Benz, which placed the car's headlights on a curved cross-beam between the front fenders, Maybach mounted the headlamps onto the sides of the engine compartment. Thus, they could leave the front of the radiator completely exposed, helping the cooling system. Also, the chromed rim of the radiator and the vertical slats were easier to see and looked different from other luxury brands from that era. Still, they had to stick with the curved, long wheel fenders interrupted only by the side-mounted spare wheels, one on each side of the car. The long slope from these went all the way to the rear fenders, which were also wider than the cabin. Fitting four doors on the vehicle was not easy for an open-top bodywork, but they made that by mounting the hinges on the B-pillar.

With a cabin fit for kings, the Maybach SW35/38 offered enough legroom for all four occupants. Thanks to the front-hinged rear doors, the driver could quickly open them as soon as the car stopped. Its passengers could easily step down from the vehicle with the aid of the bars mounted on the seatbacks of the front seats. Moreover, they could roll down the side windows.

Under the hood, Maybach started the lineup with the 3.5-liter engine, but when the higher-grade fuels became scarce and reserved mostly for the army, the carmaker increased the engine displacement to 3.8-liter, so the cars could provide the same power.

MAYBACH Typ SW 35/SW 38 Cabriolet 1936 - 1939 11 Photos
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MAYBACH Typ SW 35/SW 38 Cabriolet 1936 - 1939
  3 gasoline engines
  • 3.4
  • 3.8
  • 3.8 Lang

MAYBACH Typ SW 35/SW 38 Cabriolet 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 Cabriolet 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 Cabriolet 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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