1938 Mercedes 540K Autobahnkurier | Automotive Views

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There are certain cars absolutely transcend every one of the narrow confines of this definition; these are more machinery and function, design and they are pinnacles of human masterpieces from the hands of that are able to perform a impossible task: create beauty by artificial methods.

The 30’s were a glorious for Mercedes Benz; before the WWII days, the German was producing some of the most cars ever made. One of was the 540K. There’s not much you can say 540Ks besides the fact they’re stunning in every I especially love the Roadster like the famous “Blue ” that belonged to the nefarious Göring. However, there is a of the 540K that is even beautiful: the impressive, surreal, blowingly gorgeous Autobahnkurier.

The Autobahnkurier style body was in 1934 at the Berlin Motor and, unsurprisingly, it caused a stir. It’s said this Mercedes inspired Bugatti to design the legendary ; if that’s true or not I cannot but the Atlantique certainly seems to a page from the kurier’s As the name suggests, the Autobahnkuriers made to be driven fast on brand new motorways but ironically, I’m not that any of them has ever seen one because these models all ended up with owners and far away from the Republic. Reportedly only 6 of precious gems were and just 2 of them are considered to be (the others are 500Ks, chassis, a few differently shaped fenders and details). Personally, I’d it a step further and say that is only one genuine, proper Autobahnkurier in the world.

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You see, the 1934 prototype was on a 500K chassis but it was equipped the straight eight 5.4 liter of the 540s. This car ended up given as a gift by the German to Mohammed Reza, the Shah of (Iran) where it supposedly to this day, although it been seen for decades. The car, in my personal and very view, is the only true Autobahnkurier in existence because it has the 5.4 and it was indeed built on a 540 chassis. one of a kind survivor has led a very life.

Completed in 1938, the car was ordered by Spanish Professor Barraquer, an accomplished ophthalmologist; profession actually sparked a about the car that endured for years. The kurier was said to been a gift from himself as a token of appreciation the Professor had saved the eyesight of one of his top The truth is that the Professor/Doctor saw a of the car at the 1938 Paris Motor and decided to order one for himself. completion, the kurier was driven Germany to Gibraltar where it was to his new owner in November of the same The car’s future would be a challenging one; for quite a Barraquer traveled all along the of Africa with the kurier, harsh conditions that no car gorgeous should ever, face. Thousands of miles and a gasket later, the Spaniard it to Egypt where he had the kurier from Alexandria back I love this story and how bonkers it is; the decision

Barraquer made it’s if I were to drive across the tomorrow and think to myself you know what would be for that? A Ferrari!” I mean, crazy. True, Northern in the late 30’s/early 40’s all the way up to the was a very different place it is today but still…look at it man! that look like sort of vehicle to you? The that I’m now actively arguing the very late Professor is proof of how much in love I am have been since I saw it) with the 540K Autobahnkurier.

The “good” Doctor eventually a 300S in the 1950’s and passed the along to his son in law; the German masterpiece remained in the same (for some time it was to the Antic Car Club in Catalina who it on display in Barcelona) until when it was sold to Deborah and Keller. American collectors who own and run the Wine Estate in Petaluma, The new owners had the kurier restored by Paul Russel Co. before it was back to the world at the 2006 Beach Concours d’Elegance, already in the hands of a new proprietor the proud owner of the largest held Mercedes collection in the In a highly controversial decision, the won the award for most elegant but lost the “Best in Show” to a Daimler Double Six Roadster; get me wrong, the Daimler is a very car, but not nearly as mesmerizing and as the Mercedes. In 2008 the kurier back for a fight at Villa where this time it won the in show award.

I wish I had the appropriate words to describe this car. like stunning and perfect seem hopelessly weak and to perform the task properly; referring to it as a masterpiece feels modest. To me, the 1938 Mercedes 540K Autobahnkurier is on a very top 3 competition for most beautiful car created along with the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Spider and the 1954 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing and so far, it’s winning.

Mercedes-Benz 540K W24
Mercedes-Benz 540K W24
Mercedes-Benz 540K W24
Mercedes-Benz 540K W24
Mercedes-Benz 540K W24

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