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Mercedes-Benz 540K W24

Mercedes-Benz 540K


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Introduced at the 1936 Motor Show. the Friedrich designed car was a development to the 500K. a development of the SSK. Available as a two cabriolet. four seater or seven seater limousine armoured sides and armoured it was one of the largest cars of the time.

The cylinder engine of the 500K was to 5,401 cubic centimetres cu in), which aspirated by pressurized updraft carburetors. a natural 115 hp (86 kW). However, was an attached Roots supercharger could either be engaged for short periods, or automatically the accelerator was pushed fully to the This increased power to 180 hp kW), creating a top speed of 170 per hour (110 mph). [ 2 ]

was sent to the rear wheels a four-speed or optional five manual gearbox that synchromesh on the top three gears. hydraulic brakes kept the car the driver’s control.

The 540K had the same chassis at the 500K, but was significantly lightened by the girder-like frame of the 500K oval-section tubes — an of the Silver Arrows racing [ 3 ]

To meet individual wishes of three chassis variants available as for the 500K: two long with a 3,290 mm (130 in) differing in terms of powertrain and layout; and a short version 2,980 mm (117 in). The variant, termed the normal with the radiator directly the front axle, served as the for the four-seater cabriolets ‘B’ four side windows) and (with two side windows), and for cars and sedans. The shorter was for the two-seater cabriolet ‘A,’ set up on a on which radiator, engine, and all rearward modules [ clarification ] were moved 185 mm (7.3 in) from the front axle. [ 4 ]

The Sindelfingen factory employed people to create the 540K, and a great deal of owner meaning only 70 chassis ever bodied by independent [ 2 ] Owners included Jack of Warner Brothers film [ 5 ]

With the outbreak of World War II in the proposed further boring-out of the to 5,800 cubic centimetres l) for a 580K was aborted, probably only one such car was made. [ 3 ] production ceased in 1940, the final 2 being completed year, and earlier chassis still being bodied at a rate during 1940, smaller numbers being in the 1941–1943 period. Regular bodies were ordered in for a few cars.

Special saloon [ ]

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K B

On top of the normal and roadster cars, 12 cars were developed on an chassis length with a mm (153 in) wheelbase. All of these were developed for the Nazi as six seater convertible saloons. To for armour plate, these had developed De Dion rear Due to their higher weight, maximum speed was 140 km/h (87

After the assassination attempt on Heydrich in Prague at the end of May 1942, the Chancellery would only use cars for ministers and leaders of powers. Beside 20 large 770s. in 1942 they an additional 20 540Ks developed as two armoured saloons. These delivered during 1942 and A further order for 17 armored was placed in late 1943, and were delivered in April One of these cars was given as a from Adolf Hitler to Pavelić. leader of the Independent of Croatia. After the war this car was and used first by Ivan and then by Josip Broz .

Blue Goose [ edit ]

In Mercedes-Benz launched the 540K designated 540Ks. Based on the 2,980 mm (117 in) wheelbase its body was carefully crafted. Its tag of 28,000 Reichsmarks. some above the price of standard meant only 32 were built. [ 4 ]

In 1937, Reichsmarschall Göring ordered a 540Ks, in his color of blue with his crest on both doors. It armor plated sides and glass. Nicknamed the Blue . Goering was often photographed in the [ 4 ] [ 5 ]

On May 4, 1945, the US Army. C Company, Engineers, 101st Airborne ‘Screaming Eagles’ entered and on finding the car took possession. General Maxwell Taylor the car as his command vehicle in West until it was commissioned by the US Treasury. to Washington, D.C. it successfully the United States in a victory tour. [ 4 ] In 1956 the car was auctioned off by the US at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in sold to Jacques Tunick of Connecticut, with a high bid of [ 6 ]

In 1958, he sold it to the private of veterinarian Dr George Bitgood, Jr, who had it into black and the chrome re Kept private, Bitgood displayed it once at the 1973 fair in Durham, Connecticut. Dr Bitgood’s death, Blue was shown by his family at the 101st Reunion at Fort Campbell. in June, 2002. She was then to Carnlough International Limited of on the agreement that she be restored to her as at Berchtesgaden condition. [ 6 ]

Production [ ]

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Combined production of the 500K cars) and 540K (419 from Sindelfingen, deliveries

70 chassis without body

28 cars

23 sedans with 4 (mainly 500K)

29 sedans 2 doors (mainly 540K)


6 Autobahn cruisers

58 Roadsters

116 A

296 Cabriolets B

122 Cabriolets C

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


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