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Mercedes-Benz 500K W29

Mercedes 500K / 540K

T he 1929 Wall Street and the resultant Great Depression the landscape of luxury motoring By the early 1930s, the world’s prestigious luxury marques had bankrupted (Bentley), been (Hispano-Suiza and Duesenberg) or shifted low gears (Rolls-Royce). However, were quite different in where the economic reform by party produced significant in the mid-1930s. Mercedes-Benz became the shinning diamond.


During this period, produced one of the most flamboyant cars ever made, and 540K. They showcased the style and craftsmanship available thus are seen as the ultimate luxury cars. These were impeccably built the best quality and materials. to its days, they were by Mercedes itself at its Sindelfingen (only very few chassis available to external coachbuilders). 8 of bodies were offered, them the most beautiful and after is the Spezial Roadster here, which could multi-million dollars today.

The 500K was introduced in 1934. Its chassis unusually rode on suspensions and coil springs all — double-wishbones up front and axles at the back. Powering the car was a straight-8 engine displacing 5 hence its name 500K, K stands for Kompressor. Its supercharger was carried over from the S/SS/SSK series. The driver had to down the throttle to engage the and see the maximum 160 horsepower. Off boost, it only 100 hp. Contemporary supercharged from Alfa Romeo and were constantly boosted. In the Mercedes used its supercharger today’s overboost function, means extended use

may overheat and damage the engine.

In 1936, the more powerful was introduced. Engine capacity and increased to 5.4 liters and 180 hp (115 hp respectively, lifting its claimed top to 115 mph. This was made by its unusual 4-speed gearbox top gear was designed to run at the newly Autobahn. On a banked track, magazine measured 106 mph.

the 500K / 540K was never a car like Bugatti or Alfa Owing to its over-built bodywork and chassis, it weighed more 2.2 tons. This hampered its performance and braking. It also the unassisted steering very Another common criticism was its — its swing-axle rear could cause dangerous on bumps. While it may be one of the most and best built pre-war hence a favourite of classic car

collectors, it is not an engineering masterpiece.

Mercedes-Benz 500K W29
Mercedes-Benz 500K W29
Mercedes-Benz 500K W29

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