1938 MercedesBenz 540K Sport Cabriolet Businessweek

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Mercedes-Benz 540K W24

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz introduced the in 1934. The K designation stood for German for supercharger. With increasing from 100 hp to 160 hp when the engaged, the cars were the fastest grand touring of the time.

Although similar in respects, the new-for-1936 540K offered even more 115 hp naturally aspirated or an impressive 180 hp the blower engaged. A 12-inch in wheelbase to 128 inches improved quality and gave coachbuilders room to create even and more elegant lines. The was extended, while the raked, radiator and external exhaust gave the car an undeniable visual Long sweeping fenders, skirted, added to the visual of the car, while chrome highlighted the lines and added a elegance. Just 419 540K were built before ended in 1940.

Most coach-built bodies for top chassis were constructed in the own coachworks at Sindelfingen. However, clients preferred the work of major independent coachbuilder, Rossi, established in 1897 on Luisenstrasse. It moved to larger near the Oranienburg Gate two later, to concentrate on automobile

The spectacular Sport Cabriolet here was originally ordered by the brothers, a family of Berlin It was their second Sport by Erdmann Rossi; the first was to a 500K chassis. This car was on December 10, 1936, and the design pointed out a number of special unique to this car, as the specially lengthened hood cooling doors, a unique V-windshield, and twin-mounted rear

This one-off 540K did not in Germany for long, and by 1938 it was to the U.K. where it was road as LMG 594 just before the war. The subsequent history remains unknown until the mid-1970s, it was purchased by the Goodman family of the San Bay area. The Mercedes-Benz remained in care until it was sold in condition at an estate sale in Its subsequent owner immediately a complete restoration of the car.

this extensive restoration, the received several awards first place at the 1997 Island Concours d’Elegance, place at Pebble Beach in and both a First in Class and the Significant Mercedes award at the Meadow Brook Hall d’Elegance. This spectacular and 540K Mercedes-Benz represents the of the coachbuilding art and design from the era.

The SCM Analysis

This car sold for including buyer’s commission, at the RM Auction, held August 2003.

Prior to World War II, was arguably the world’s most European automaker, followed by Maybach, Horch, and Hispano. were the cars of kings and of industry alike. Today, the European automobile market is led by Mercedes-Benz, though this has been shrinking recently.

no secret that the people who remember these cars their youth aren’t any younger. Most of today’s car buyers are between 35 and 55 years making them more in cars of the 1950s and 1960s.

Yet the general decline in interest for cars, the very high end of market is still strong, tremendous sums being for special coachbuilt cars or cars with impeccable

Built from the finest available, and assembled with German craftsmanship, the 540K roughly 10 times that of an Ford. Consequently, many hidden and escaped the ravages of War II. Although all 540Ks share the chassis and mechanical bits, differ vastly in price to the coachwork they carry. A high-door, long-tail Special can bring over $4 million, the same car with a four-seat body will struggle to $250,000.

Restoring a 540K is not for the of heart. To do an every-last-nut-and-bolt restoration cost north of $400,000, upon the condition of the body’s sub-frame. The chrome bill on these cars can run close to Obviously, this makes the of a $4 million car more logical a $250,000 one. Buying a restored car with receipts and completed by a known restorer, is as wise a strategy with cars as it is with any other.

Historically, Mercedes collectors tended to favor factory However, this custom-built Rossi example sold for three to four times than the comparable factory C, the designation for a two-door, four-seat with no rear quarter Perhaps it was purchased to round out a or someone at the auction simply the way it looked and let the market be damned. In any as a restored car with recent credentials, it’s a good bet in the long run. And sure to a stir of attention at whatever it shows up at, which brings kind of value for an owner.

Mercedes-Benz 540K W24

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Roadster

Chassis #: 2326197

Produced: 1936-40

Number 419

Original List Price:

SCM Valuation: $550,000-$660,000

Tune-up $5,000

Distributor Caps: if available

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