1937 Mercedes 540K Special Roadster Car News Car and Driver

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1937 Mercedes 540K Roadster

Movie Mogul’s Roadster Goes for $3.6

While much of the country in its beer over our sagging fortunes, the market for exotic blusters along at a fairly pace.

A rare 1937 540K Special Roadsterone of six on the was locked away in a Connecticut garage for more than 40 fetched a cool $3,630,000 at the RM Company’s sale in Scottsdale, last January.


The hush-hush of the molto wealthy seeking from the notorious glare of money was in full force on one. The buyer was widely to be Bruce McCaw of the Seattle who made a bundle when his cellular business was turned ATT Wireless. McCaw, who owns the CART racing team, threatened to sue if we dared to write he was indeed the buyer. I did not purchase car. I know who purchased it, but not at liberty to tell you. And I am not a museum in the Seattle area, Himself. (We should mention the

McCaw family car collection is 400 vehicles big, and that of McCaw money helped a feasibility study for a car museum in the area that would be to the late Harold LeMay’s collection. And McCaw reportedly more than $90 million in a buying rare cars.)

The car is from Mercedes’ prewar era. The 540K was the culmination of a series of Mercedes luxury the first of which emerged in as the 380, with a 3.8-liter eight. It weighed so much even a supercharger didn’t The next versionthe 500Khad liters and a name change to the supercharger (K denoted its Kompressor), wailed like a banshee at

The 540K had an independent suspension all with unequal-length control in the front and coil-spring swing in the rear. An innovative feature was assist springs linking the two halves together, designed to the dreaded rear-wheel tuck-under. The were power-assisted. The gearbox was a

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The in-line eight was, not an overhead cammer but rather an L rated at a modest 115 horsepowerat until the Roots compressor in, boosting it to 180 horsepower. Between and 1939, 761 units of the 500K and were built in all, 419 of were 540Ks, with 60 of them being roadsters.

Mercedes 540Ks were by a European journalist in the 1930s as aggressive styling and Teutonic Well, those were 540Ks. The Special roadsters go there to over the top, due to enormous hood lengths the shortness of their cockpits, the phrase close coupled meaning. According to Jan Melin in The Supercharged 8-cylinder Cars of the Special Roadsters had concealed metal boots, and divided V Two-seater Special Roadsters in the series were not new; made succeeding 540K Roadsters more desirable was all 24 of them had the stylish long-tail And this one is the ne plus ultra of long-tailed Special Roadsters only six had their spare hidden under the rear well, advancing the cause of a mite.

In the RM Auction Company’s impressive it is noted that the Special were specially high-priced newabout $12,000 in Germany, or 40 percent more than a V-16 cost at the time. In The Cars, Ralph Stein decades ago: A 540K over $10,000 in New York in the 1930s. Misguided collectors pay times that today. would no doubt be apoplectic current prices.

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