Bonhams 1936 MercedesBenz 540K Spezial Roadster in the style…

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Mercedes-Benz 540K W24

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Roadster in the style of Mercedes-Benz,

License No AL-03-73

Wagen no.

Few experiences in motoring can match the and fury of a Third Reich Mercedes-Benz in full flight: foot goes hard and an almost demoniacal howl in#133;the rev counter and speedometer leap round their there is perhaps no other car in the world so distinctive as that by the Mercedes supercharger,#148; wrote Linfield of The Autocar in 1936. is a master car for the very few. The insolence of its power affords an on its own.#148;

The straight-eight 5401cc the ultimate production version of the #147;Kompressor#148; line that had with the 380K of 1932, was an model for an exclusive and powerful Developed by the new chief engineer of former racing driver Max the 540K succeeded the outwardly 500K in 1936 and some 447 built before production in 1939. And while the 500K/540K carried some of the most coachwork of its day, undoubtedly the glory was the #147;Spezial Roadster#148; custom built by Mercedes-Benz#146;s own Karrosserie Sindelfingen to the designs of the Hermann Ahrens. Compared the standard Roadster version at Reichsmarks ($8800), the Spezial had a basic price of 28,000 ($11,200, #147;and you could or less write your own as to what went on to the chassis#148;).

Writing of Ahrens#146; flowing designs in particular, the late historian Griffith Borgeson #147;There is a harmony and balance of and mass#133; which very defies any conceivable improvement. are sculptural perfection#133; For many of taste, more beautiful will never be designed and

Certainly that was a view by some of the most powerful men in Germany, like the portly Hermann Goering, whose eggshell-blue Spezial Roadster be captured by US paratroops at the fall of and, nicknamed #147;The Goose#148;, be used as his command car by Maxwell Taylor before sent to the United States in 1945. Another keen of the Spezial Roadster was the unsmiling of Nazi motorsport, Korpsfuhrer Huhnlein of the NSKK, whose enabled the Mercedes and Auto racing cars to dominate the races of the 1934-9 era; he his unique position to the fact it was his shock troopers who had in 1919 the first meeting held by politician Adolf Hitler.

Production of Spezial Roadsters therefore, extremely limited, and a small proportion of the 29 roadsters on the 540K chassis qualified for the tag; the car offered here, built as a Cabriolet B, was rebodied as a Roadster during the course of a rebuild completed in 2001 the highest standards#148; by the respected restorer Prahl, and is finished in silver with red leather

Designed for the network of high-speed that was spreading across in the 1930s, the 540K represented the in automotive engineering in its day, all-round independent suspension by axles and an unusual gear with direct drive top engaged. The unique system of used by Mercedes-Benz derived the company#146;s experience in aeroengine where a system of #147;at supercharging had enabled World War One aircraft to gain a performance by boosting engine power at

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So the Mercedes supercharger was only in at full throttle, rather the #147;kick-down#148; on an automatic transmission, to a short power boost for or hill climbing, a maneuver by a trademark banshee wail to strike fear into the being overtaken!

This was not show: the 540K was one of a very number of 1930s automobiles of exceeding 100 mph, and indeed, the leading British magazine tested a 540K cabriolet on the track in 1938, it recorded the maximum speed achieved by any car tested up to that date: three up, the car reached 104.65

Wrote the tester: #147;There is a impression of solidity, the car feeling at high speeds, and the steering is at speed needing little than the driver’s hands lightly on the wheel to keep a course. The ratio leans to the low a little more tharl 3.5 being needed from to lock#133;. Obviously, the whole is built very strongly and to withstand hard work and speeds.#148;


If any car of the 1930s can be to be the stuff of legend, surely it is the Mercedes-Benz Spezial Roadster, flowing wings and flamboyant exhaust epitomize the “Sturm und of resurgent Germany. This car offers the rare opportunity of into that legend

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

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