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1937 Mercedes-Benz 320 Lang Replica Cabriolet D based on Jaguar Mk.IX chassis [W142]

1937 Mercedes-Benz 320 Lang Replica [W142] in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Movie, 1981 IMDB

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: UK

1937 Mercedes-Benz 320 Lang Replica Cabriolet D based on Jaguar Mk.IX chassis [W142]

Position 01:25:27 [*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

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Rutus

2006-03-17 15:07

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It is a copy of Mercedes build for movie in america.

neilshouse EN

2006-04-10 18:26

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It was a replica Mercedes built from Jaguar bits, based, I think on a Jaguar Mark 7

neilshouse EN

2006-05-13 20:08

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I don't think it is a real Mercedes, quote from - www.hampstead.com.au/mb/modules.php?name=old_pages - 'Rasmussen and his crew have been busy converting the frame and running gear from the original 1960 Jaguar MK IX design to accommodate a Chevrolet 350 engine and transmission, a Mustang II front suspension, and a Camaro rear axle. Armstrong, an auto mechanic himself, will install the engine and transmission and will rewire the car. Old Jaguar parts prices are so prohibitive, he opted for the "Americanization."' - But the pictures on the site dont seem to work for me so I'm not 100% sure it is the same vehicle

antp BE

2006-05-13 20:40

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If the replica is well made, I guess we can list it as a Mercedes and just add "replica" after the model name-

antp BE

2007-01-01 23:24

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Kooshmeister US

2008-04-16 08:47

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CougarTim US

2008-05-30 20:24

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This just in: The car is for sale on eBay! Link to "cgi.ebay.com"

Some quick details:
- listed as a "1937 Mercedes-Benz 300-Series 1960 Jaguar"
- replica Mercedes body powered by a 285 horsepower Jaguar engine
- Jaguar Mark 9 chassis
- built to be capable of 120 mph for the chase scene
- 0-60 mph in 6.8 sec
- created by Graig or Craig Hinton
- two cars were built, only this one survives (the other one was only a prop)
- eBay description calls it a 1937 Mercedes 300c
- photo of documentation from South Florida Jaguar Club calls it a "Replica of 1937 Mercedes 320c"
- still has the dents incurred during the chase scene

CougarTim US

2008-05-30 20:35

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And another anecdote about this car that I have from another source (I cannot confirm its veracity):

“Craig Hinton, a car specialist for moviemakers, insists that he once owned the two best Mercedes ever built. They were Jaguars.

The producers of the film “Raiders of the Lost Ark” needed a 1936 German staff car, a Mercedes. They called Hinton.

Hinton couldn’t find the real thing. So in May 1980, he and his crew went to working a garage near Coventry, England. In twelve weeks they built a 1936 Mercedes body on a 1960 Jaguar chassis. A backup model took two weeks longer.

Outwardly, the ‘Jag-cedes’ were identical to the originals down to the pleats in the upholstery. Inwardly, they were better. The 1936 Mercedes had a top speed of 70 mph. Powered by the newer Jaguar engines, the two look-alikes zipped along at 120 mph.

The filmmakers took the first car to Tunisia for a scene in which a mad Nazi and his men engage in a spectacular desert chase. Hinton brought the second car over three weeks later.

From the moment he drove the ‘Jag-cedes’ off the dock, he got attention. Wherever he went, he was greeted with the respect normally paid a chief of state. Men and women smiled and waved at the 1936 German staff car with its jet-black paint and split windshield. Police came to attention as it sped by. Soldiers saluted.

Hinton was flattered but puzzled. He knew the car was good. But how could people on the side of the road appreciate his craftsmanship at a glance?

Eventually he learned the reason for all the acclaim.

There was another 1936 German staff car in Tunisia – an original one – and it belonged to the president of the country.”

klint SE

2009-01-12 21:34

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Very interesting reading. But I don´t understand why the car needed to be so "speedy", the truck hardly drives 120mph. So why did the car have to be so fast?

guss DK

2009-04-17 16:53

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Well It Is Just A Guess But This Reminds Me A Little Bit Of A 1937 Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet

guss DK

2009-04-17 17:10

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And Exept For The Back This Looks Pretty Much Like A "Mercedes-Benz 320 Streamliner" To Me

Lateef NO

2013-06-04 18:04

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tw2003 DE

2014-08-27 15:33

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Jaguar Mark 9 based Mercedes Benz 320 Four-Seat Open Tourer Copy made by Classic Cars Coventry
Link to "www.prewarcar.com"
It's for sale again ;-)

-- Last edit: 2014-08-27 15:34:55

Kooshmeister US

2015-02-14 08:35

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Why does this get listed as a Replica but the LG 3000 and G5 are Made-for-Movie?

antp BE

2015-02-16 17:59

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Because it is a better quality replica (well, I supposed it was).
The truck is not so close replica, it could probably not be identified as Mercedes without the big badge on the hood.

cudak888 US

2017-08-11 13:28

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CougarTim wrote This just in: The car is for sale on eBay! Link to "cgi.ebay.com"

Some quick details:
- listed as a "1937 Mercedes-Benz 300-Series 1960 Jaguar"
- replica Mercedes body powered by a 285 horsepower Jaguar engine
- Jaguar Mark 9 chassis
- built to be capable of 120 mph for the chase scene
- 0-60 mph in 6.8 sec
- created by Graig or Craig Hinton
- two cars were built, only this one survives (the other one was only a prop)
- eBay description calls it a 1937 Mercedes 300c
- photo of documentation from South Florida Jaguar Club calls it a "Replica of 1937 Mercedes 320c"
- still has the dents incurred during the chase scene


A part of me wonders why they went through the effort of plopping the Mark V body on the Mark IX chassis - seems like an antiquated chassis choice, even back then. While the IX's power steering and disc brakes were obviously miles past the the V's architecture, you'd think there'd be a few better options available by the early '80s. Either that, or fitting the proper-looking wheels over any newer disc system wasn't feasible.

-Kurt

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