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MAYBACH Typ SW 35, SW 38 and SW 42 Series/Models Timeline, Specifications and Pictures

Generations: 8
First production year: 1935
Engines: Gasoline
 

1951 - 1954

The blokes at Spohn tweaked yet another Maybach model in 1951, fitting it with a custom-made body bristling with elegance. Far form being extravagant, the SW 42 Ponton was another car for the incredibly rich, a vehicle which didn't spark bare-teeth expressed amazement but mute, solemn admiration. While other cars at the time seemed rather playful and energetic, the Ponton commands silence t...

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  MAYBACH Typ SW 42 "Ponton" by Spohn 4.2

  MAYBACH Typ SW 42 "Ponton" by Spohn 4.2 Lang

1948

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 bloo...

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  MAYBACH Typ SW 38 "Ponton" Cabriolet by Spohn 3.8

1940 - 1945

When WWII started, most carmakers had to adapt to new conditions, but Maybach considered that they had a mission to fulfill, and that was to produce exclusive vehicles. With the SW 42 range introduced in 1939, the German automaker tried to attract orders from its country's government. Unfortunately for it, though, Mercedes-Benz was the preferred carmaker by the Third Reich, so Maybach ha...

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  MAYBACH Typ SW 42 Cabriolet 4.2

  MAYBACH Typ SW 42 Cabriolet 4.2 Lang

1940 - 1945

The Maybach SW series included numerous versions of vehicles, including coupes, convertibles, and limousines. They shared the same chassis, but with different wheelbases. And some were very rare, such as the model 42. WWII already started in 1939 when the first SW42 rolled out from the factory, but it was the same as before: the chassis was built by Maybach and then the bodywork was supplied ...

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1937 - 1938

Despite having appeared one decade prior to the the Spohn-styled "Ponton", the cabrio had a slightly more balanced construction. Based on the same pre-war chassis, the car was built in such a way o avoid any flaws such as the strange fender-wheel alignment seen on the Ponton. In this respect, the wide fenders and door sills were narrowed and the spare wheel side mount was relocated ins...

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1936 - 1939

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 ...

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1935 - 1936

Just a few years before WWII blew the world into pieces, Maybach built few very special models and chose the Spohn coachbuilder to build some of its extraordinary vehicles. The unusual result was the Stromlinien. The Stromlinien (eng. Streamline) was one of the few cars in that era that tried to take the aerodynamic into account. The design was unusual and it was designed by Paul Jaray, who w...

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1935 - 1939

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...

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