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Segment: Roadster & Convertible

Built on a pre-war chassis, the Spohn-clad hybrid Ponton-cabrio seems rather unfinished but is still a unique car.

Among the multiple attempts to revitalize the company's line-up in an era driven by aerodynamic efficiency and design trends, the Spohn was most notable thanks to its unique body work that blended both saloon and cabrio elements into a large vehicle that flaunted its rare bloodline through its avant garde overlapped-grille design. Despite its fresh and slightly ahead-of-the-time look, the car's general appearance was plagued by the use of an old chassis with the wheels and fenders having been badly aligned, leading to a look close to that of a body builder with "chicken-legs".

MAYBACH Typ SW 38 "Ponton" Cabriolet by Spohn 1948 2 Photos
MAYBACH Typ SW 38 "Ponton" Cabriolet by Spohn (1948)MAYBACH Typ SW 38 "Ponton" Cabriolet by Spohn (1948)
MAYBACH Typ SW 38 "Ponton" Cabriolet by Spohn 1948
  1 gasoline engine
  • 3.8

MAYBACH Typ SW 38 "Ponton" Cabriolet by Spohn 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, 4 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
7.00-17
DIMENSIONS
Width
72.8 in (1849 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.7/58.3 in (1,440/1,481 mm)
Wheelbase
144.9 in (3680 mm)
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