MercedesBenz 540 K

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1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K


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at the Paris Motor Show in the 540K became Mercedes-Benz’s model and was built by special only. It followed the eight 500K and helped maintain the prestige by being one of the fastest cars in the world.

At the Paris Show, Mercedes-Benz said the name »conjures up visions of exploits of racing cars and of international fame, but also of comfort and coachwork of exquisite fine paintwork, brightly metal, the finest hardwoods and — massive and yet outstandingly bodies — in short: the car for the

Each car was individually built to the needs and Mercedes-Benz prepared a of available bodies. Among were the spectacular Spezial built Mercedes-Benz’s own Karrosserie These flowing two-seaters one of the most striking prewar distinguished by their prominent sweeping fenders, external pipes, raked windscreen and length. The are still, arguably, the beautiful German supercars and a commanding presence.

Engineer Gustav Rohr was for designing the 540K cruisers and them while he also on the incredible Mercedes-Benz Grand cars. He fitted an enlarged 5.4 inline-8 which was good for and 170 kph. The main highlight of the was its gear driven, Rootes-type (or Kompressor) which would up on demand to increase the avilable from 115bhp to 180bhp engaged. This setup was a to the supercharged S, SS and SSK racecars which designed by Ferdinand Porsche to Mercedes-Benz dominate racing in the

When built, the 540K an updated chassis with a wheelbase that extended the and allowed for a new vee-shaped radiator. also included better and braking. Like the earlier the suspension was also fully

Factory records show 419 of these cars were and featured a wide array of Surprisingly, most were by the factory’s own Karrosserie Sindelfingen was managed by Wilhelm Haspel. offered a variety of Cabriolet that were designated through ‘D’. These joined several coupes and the very coveted Special


Lozier, Herbert. The Car of the Mercedes K and S . Chilton Book Co, 1967.

Melin, Jan. Supercharged 8-Cylinder Cars of Volume 1 . Nordbok International Gothenburg: 1985.

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1937 540K Mayfair Roadster — sold for $2,530,000 The 540K Special Roadster here is considered by many to be the work of the Mayfair Carriage Co. It is at sleek and pretty, sporting and With its folding windshield and use of louvers, it is undeniably sporting while the flowing lines and rear fenders lend an air of to the design. The coachwork is much than the more traditional bodies traditionally fitted to . more

1937 Mercedes-Benz Sport Cabriolet A 154084 sold for $2,145,000 As imposing as this spectacular 540K in show-quality condition throughout and is to be a star of any concours. Eligible for the events worldwide, this prepared Mercedes-Benz is, without one of the most attractive open cars of the era and is an outstanding example of engineering at its finest. Possessing a matched combination of quality, performance and comfort, the . more

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet C — sold for €506,000 at the Paris Salon in October the 540K had an engine that 115bhp un-supercharged or 180bhp the compressor engaged. The gearbox was a but with a direct top gear than the overdrive ratio on the earlier 500K. With the engaged, the 540K’s blown gave it a top speed approaching (177km/h) matched by servo-assisted braking. Its performance potential wa.

Gallery: 2011 Automobiles au Grand Palais by Bonhams

Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A sold for €1,400,000 Built for Maharajah of Indore. 540K – the specification in desirable Cabriolet A Concours-quality restoration by RM Auto Very original, complete car restoration. Multiple concours including Pebble Beach.

RM 2011 Villa d’Este

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial 130944 — sold for Offered from the Lyon Collection. Single-family ownership for two The 1936 Paris Salon Complete with copy of build sheet; delivered new to Solvay of Belgium. Inspected in by experts from Mercedes-Benz Germany. Matching-numbers — One of a few 540 Ks with coupe coachwork.

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Gallery: 2011 Monterey by RM

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport A 130945 — sold for One of a limited few transitional 500 K-540 K Cabriolet A models. 100-point Pebble Beach award, of Show at Forest Grove. Two Carlo Historic Rally Prominently featured in Jan Melin’s book, Mercedes-Benz 8: The Supercharged Cars of the 1930s. Recent by experts from Mercedes-Benz Germany.

Gallery: 2011 Auction by RM

1937 Mercedes 540 K B 154105 — sold for The Mercedes 540 K on offer, with the number 154105, left the works in February 1937. It is with a body Cabriolet B, offered four spacious under the soft-top. According to a expert, the car was delivered to a Hamburg-based Consul in March of the same and then the car went off to the US, where it a part of the Rockefeller family car At that time, there are of t. more

Gallery: 2012 Artcurial à Rétromobile

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet A 130945 — for €2,324,000 One of a limited few transitional 500 K Sport Cabriolet A models. One restoration; Pebble Beach Best of Show at Forest Two Monte Carlo Historic entries. Prominently featured in Jan definitive book, Mercedes-Benz 8: The 8-Cylinder Cars of the 1930s. by experts from Mercedes-Benz Germany.

Gallery: Monaco by RM Auctions

1938 Mercedes-Benz Vanden Plas Cabriolet — sold for €672,750 The of 540K production was destined for the market but this example was owned Mr Randolph Hearst, son of the American newspaper publisher, Randolph Hearst, who was the inspiration for the character in Orson Welles’ masterpiece, Citizen Cain. ‘169333’ left the Hearst it was owned by Mr Andrew Darling in for many years before to the collection of Mr Jorge Fernan.

Gallery: 2013 Les Grandes du Monde au Grand Palais

Mercedes-Benz 540K Special 408383 — sold for A fully one-off, owner-commissioned Special Roadster. Built for the brothers of Berlin. Formerly the of Alf Johansson and the Lyon Family Features original mileage. All numbers, including original and five-speed transmission. Freshly Pebble Beach Concours award winner.

Gallery: Monterey Auction by RM Auctions

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