Germany is a nation that has produced some of the most iconic automotive brands in the world. The history of German-engineered cars dates to the late 1800s. This is a nation that has been consistently at the forefront of producing among the finest and most advanced designs in the history of car making.
That’s just one of the fascination points for vintage auto collector Sudhir Choudhrie, the Indian-born multibillionaire who now makes his home in London. Just as German-made cars set the pace for a global industry, Choudhrie has perhaps established a marker as among the most ambitious, driven and extraordinary car collectors of all time. Naturally, it all started with a German brand – in this case, the Mercedes Benz 320 Cabriolet D. Sudhir Choudhrie came upon this remarkable model almost by accident. It was in his home city of Delhi that he happened to espy one day a rusted heap that was little more than a frame of a once-proud metal vehicle now serving as a home for stray cats.
Sudhir Choudhrie felt compelled to obtain this relic of a former time. He willingly paid the princely sum of 50,000 rupees (about $9,000) and became determined to restore the Mercedes to its original form. Months later and after spending thousands of dollars, Choudhrie achieved his goal. For the first time in decades, a 1938-model Mercedes Benz Cabriolet D convertible was once again ready for the road, restored so beautifully and with loving attention to detail, it was as if the car had been transported to present-day via a time machine.
His next project was another Mercedes – this time a 170V sedan W 136. Both of these models and the previous were the designs of Hans Nibel. The 170 V was fitted with a 4-cylinder engine (side-valve) and 4-speed gearbox. It would become the second perfectly restored vintage vehicle the remarkable collection of Sudhir Choudhrie.