Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Mercedes-Benz 500K Erdmann & Rossi Streamline Roadster

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

Well, this is a staggeringly peculiar thing, isn't it? Its basis is the opulent and splendid Mercedes-Benz 500K, a sort of supercharged German Rolls-Royce built for the well-heeled and financially significant. As was the style of the time, many were bodied by special commission, and none were more extravagant than Erdmann & Rossi's Streamline Roadster. It was built for King Ghazi of the Iraqi royal family, and the swooping art deco curves, fully-enclosed wheels and bead-rolled flourishes concatenate to form something unique, cartoonish and really quite odd. I mean, just look at the width of the thing, and those unashamed maritime influences. It somehow makes the supercharged 5.0-litre straight-eight almost irrelevant. It's more sculpture than car.

Spotted at the rather damp St. James's Concours - click here for more photos.


Ragemanchoo said...

Its unfortunate all the photos have the terrible website name emblazoned on them

juice said...

Well, aren't you a charmer.