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Think back to the dynamic cars of the early thirties and likely to conjure up an image of roadsters or convertibles with stretching into the distance; powerful six or eight-cylinder engines up the miles.

Such recollections owe to the Mercedes-Benz 500 K (K for Kompressor, to distinguish it the 500 saloon without supercharger). was a car oozing verve and exclusivity, and it goodbye to Daimler-Benz’s immensely supercharged models of the Roaring

Although it perhaps lacked performance, the 5-litre 500 K caused a stir. In terms of comfort, design and, above manoeuvrability, the 500 K was streets ahead of its with a wide choice of hand-built at the Sindelfingen plant. All was missing was a touch more

Enter the Mercedes-Benz 540 K at the Paris Show of 1936: at last, the on the cake for the golden era of pre-War Mercedes-Benz sports cars. The new 540 K took the market by force, by the range of flamboyant body (though considered by some to be Each was given its own personality, the Sindelfingen staff tailoring the body and interior to customers#039; desires. It was rare for customers to elsewhere for their coachwork with the vast range of on offer at Sindelfingen, it’s surprising. There were three- and four-seater cabriolets, two- or four-seater coupés, coupés, combination coupés two interchangeable roofs, two- and saloons, two-door touring a state-of-the-art and aerodynamically efficient cruiser and a fastback sports with – as a matter of curiosity the first-ever curved side

A masterpiece of design, the world-renowned 540 K special roadster boasted an synthesis of power and elegance. It the spirit of the time and represented the stylistic element in the 540 K jigsaw.

Under the Skin #8203;

Now 1930s sophistication had taken the of sheer, unadulterated performance, and comfort were the order of the An 8-cylinder in-line engine was for both the 500 K (5-litre) and the 540 K (5.4-litre). The 540 K developed 115hp when aspirated, or a forceful 180hp the supercharger in operation, at just

This power — via the rear axle and a four-speed (five-speed from 1938) made for a very respectable top of 170kph. It’s hardly therefore, that fuel fell a bit short, with a 29 litres of petrol per 100 kilometres through the dual updraught Fuel economy, however, was not a in most customers’ minds.

Two variants were produced for the 540 K, available with a wheelbase of 3290mm or 2980mm. The first the basis for the four-seater and 2+2 models, the radiator grille located above the front axle. The and two-/three-seater were built on a where the grille, engine and all behind it were moved 185 further back, hence the chassis with the engine set In keeping with the spirit of the this design trick to create the visual impression of a long front end, the dynamic flair the designers

The shorter variant was used for a few special two-seater bodies. On models, the radiator grille was positioned directly above the axle.

Also ahead of its was the suspension. Double wishbone suspension with coil was joined by a rear swing with dual coil and additional compensating spring.

for its aggressive beauty, perhaps, but the was certainly no technical disappointment.

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The history of supercharged cars dates back to the World War and has its origins in the construction of engines. In a bid to address the power experienced by aircraft engines at altitudes, Gottlieb Daimler#039;s son — technical director of from 1907 — using a Roots blower. unit allowed him to generate the charging and to stabilise the output the aircraft engines.

The first supercharged Mercedes cars, decidedly luxurious were displayed at the Berlin Show in late 1921 standing between bicycles auxiliary engines and mini-cars. made quite an impact on the experts. In the years after the supercharger helped to catapult passenger cars, sports and racing cars into a new class.

The prestigious 15/70/100 hp and hp Mercedes models, produced 1924 and offered under the new name, Mercedes-Benz, after the with Benz, were as being among the world#039;s cars. From 1926, a version of the 24/100/140 hp model was the sports car model K (in this standing for Kurz, German for

In 1927, one year after the of DMG and Benz Cie. into AG, the automotive world was enriched by the of a new Mercedes-Benz car series whose designations were to assume status: the ultra-powerful S (Sport), SS Sport), SSK (Super Sport and SSKL (Super Sport Light) supercharged sports

Bauer modelle Mercedes 500 k

In 1933 came the supercharged 380 and, just one year the more powerful and more 500 K. Two years after that saw the of the 540K.

The supercharged Mercedes-Benz of today share the same — Kompressor — their ancestors of the 1930s, but the similarity ends. With buyers demanding a much increase in output, the imposing and roar of the superchargers in the muscle has long since disappeared.

The — Mercedes-Benz 540K#8203;

Front-mounted, 8-cylinder in-line (88mm x 111mm), cast-iron head, two valves per cylinder, camshaft, single updraft optionally engaged Roots-type (engaged by flooring throttle

Power: 115 hp without supercharger; 180 hp supercharger engaged, both at

Transmission: 4-speed gearbox on all but 1st gear), single-dry-plate clutch, gearchange, open propshaft

Wheelbase: 10’ 9.5” (329cm), for a few special two-seaters which a shorter variant Front 4’ 11.5” (151cm) Rear 4’ 11” (150cm) Length: 17’ 2.5” Unladen weight (varies body style): c.5,000lb

Suspension: Front: independent, springs and double wishbones. independent, swing axles, coil springs (plus compensating spring) Lever-arm dampers

Brakes: Four-wheel, operated drum brakes, Bosch vacuum-servo assistance

and body: Pressed-steel, box-section frame, with box-section and cross-bracing. Wide variety of

Top Speed: c.170kph

A great Roberto, I want Karma! jk

Bauer modelle Mercedes 500 k
Bauer modelle Mercedes 500 k
Bauer modelle Mercedes 500 k
Bauer modelle Mercedes 500 k
Bauer modelle Mercedes 500 k
Bauer modelle Mercedes 500 k

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