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Mercedes-Benz 540K W24


Mercedes and Chrysler their $3billion+ merger and AG/Corporation began business on 17 Nov 98 and trading combined shares on 18 Nov 98; two of my favo(u)rite cars!

For DaimlerChrysler spinoffs, and other news, to the DaimlerChrysler page .

Adtranz. Jan 1996, merging rail activities of ABB Ltd. and Daimler-Benz AG DaimlerChrysler into the railroad and the sale of the venture to Bombardier, 04 Aug 2000, apparently takes right out again!


I have this page and those follow WITHOUT updating I hope to do that soon. (12 Jul

DISCLAIMER — my interest in whil(e)(st) perhaps encompassing, is in the S and SS series of the late 1920s and 1930s; this is not intended to be a history or chronology of the Mercedes — SB,III

I took photos (including excruciatingly-detailed of engine compartments, with ID and dashboards) of S and SS cars (and K, 380K, 500K, 540K, and 770 back in the ’50s. Some of include famed cartoonist and Charles Addams, in his S tourer out at the (Long Island) track.

however, for your great hier ist mein 1993 Collectibles model of the 1932 model LS box truck (4¼/108mm decorated for the most-appropriate Berliner (Morning Mail) newspaper:

(19 Aug 02 by and 2002 S. Berliner, III — all reserved)


[more to follow as I uncover my

Well, I finally (30 Mar 01) located my files and there are great in store; the files are a bit damp but are and I will add fantastic photos as as they dry and my cranky server allows.

[Repeated and revised the main page:] In early I had the incredible fortune to drive the SS tourer that was featured in the of Modern Art (along with the Movado watch) as a supreme of pure functional beauty. It was an adventure and I’ve written it up and add lots more info for M-B as I get the time and inclination. The car was all burgundy crimson piping and spokes and an head (top) [my memory on of this was ‘way off!] and I found my bureau-top photo since the last move) 07 Jan 01, and again missing, as is the post I of it; instead, I located the original and had prints and scans made:

Allston Boyer and his car in 1956.

ca. Feb 56 by and 1956/2003 — S. Berliner, III all rights reserved]

(Thumbnail — click on photo for larger image.)

(The Kodacolor print, marked it was printed Week Ending 3, 1956

had changed sadly the years; that body was a true, rich burgundy

if the crimson piping shows, I see it!)

Incidentally, that factory front bumper is set the rearward sweep of the ends be absolutely horizontal.

Here’s me the car:

SB,III and Boyer’s car in

[Photo ca. Feb 56 by and 1956/2003 — S. III — all rights reserved]

iage — click on for much larger image.)

are about a dozen more photos scanned but not yet posted, about a dozen highly-detailed BW yet to be scanned.

After those are there are about a dozen BW of a magnificent SSK roadster sitting Bill Frick’s speed in Freeport (Long Island), New and two of a 540K at the curb in front.

tuned; these and even are coming soon!

1928 Type S 36/250 tourer belonging to famed actor Ustinov) at the National Motor at Beaulieu in Oct 98:

[Body Number Chassis Number 40637, Number 71808]

[Photos Oct 98 by and — S. Berliner, III — all reserved]

Lighting and access pretty awful and I tried ambient and flash to little this is what you get.

note also that car, although documented as a has the older radiator shell the two uncircled stars embossed on side of the crease.

Ca. 14 Jul 01, on an auction (Adamstown Antique Gallery ), I this beauty for sale:

image; click on photo for image.]

She was described (in 1999) Biggest sale of the day was this Mercedes-Benz 380 K with coachwork by Rossi . which sold for . The one-off supercharged Mercedes was shown at the Pebble Beach d’Elegance. .

On that same site, I ran across this set of of an M-B 770K tourer model as TIP CO. MERCEDES FOR A. HITLER W/ 3 FIGURES $1600.00!

No size/scale or date was given.

The Institution’s Store Catalogue a fantastic summer discount on gem and it burned a hole in my pocket; catalogued as a 1927 630K but is a K dual-cowled sports tourer (ostensibly) a 6.3l engine I got a new set of close-up lenses in the same and had to try them without setting up lighting:

(28 Aug 03 photos by and 2003 S. III — all rights reserved)

The measures 11 (28cm) overall and is as being at 1:18 scale:

The is simply staggering, the bi-fold tops and sides are double the front wheels turn the steering wheel, the doors as does the trunk lid:

the dash, wheel, shift, and and pedals and the windshield are fully

(28 Aug 03 photos by and 2003 S. Berliner, III all rights reserved)

(I’ll to reshoot some of these.)

As on the first page, the K model from the succeeding S model only in height, but WHAT a difference a few silly millimeters make! Some 146mm if this K model is accurate! also that the running is about even with the centers and that the frame box is deep. Even though the axle is underslung, as on the S/SS-series, the car is huge; a friend’s K tourer was ungainly. By simply lowering the S the very same car became one of the ever designed.

This is a a place as any to illustrate the relative of the hood/bonnet side panels the exhaust pipes on the K, S, and SS models

(14 Sep 03 photomontage by and 2003 S. Berliner, III all rights reserved)

Here’s a montage with a real 24/100/140 and a different SS:

(24 Nov 03 photomontage by and S. Berliner, III — all rights

[Individual images credited on these Mercedes pages.]

If you at the comparison photos carefully, you can make out the the pre-merger stars on either side of the crease in the K and S shells and the blue-and-white M-B badge on the crease on the SS. You can also see how the hinge matches the top of the front fender on the S and is on the SS.

Under the K model’s right board, if you look carefully the right lighting, you can make out the manufacturer’s name — .

I took an even-closer shot of the top to better show the accurately-modeled two Mercedes stars stamped in the of the shell and the indentation in the long mounting shaft which the vertical slot that the Moto-Meter temperature gauge:

(08 Sep 03 by and 2003 S. Berliner, III — all reserved)

See also a real K,

The Smithsonian also offers 1:18 models of a 1936 and of the 1955 300S, but not by Ricko.

M-B Survivors of Note (to me).

is where I hoped to show the convertible I almost bought one that got away) and 380K and and 770K and such.

For starters, a friend put me on to neighbor and fellow Island Motor Parkway Roy Jaffe’s magnificent 1936 Benz 540K Special C:

(Photos courtesy, and by kind of H. R. Jaffe — all rights

She was custom built by Sindelfingen, the factory coachbuilder, for William Burden, a great, great, of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Both Mr. and Daimler-Benz authenticated the car with and factory photographs. Jaffe the car from the second owner in The car was almost wholly intact, but one shock — the other was After reading Hemmings for 20 finally found an ad for these rare shocks. The car was restored in and has received many awards and has been featured in many articles.

On 17/18 Sep 03, I finally up many of the old photos I took of cars in the ’50s and ’60s; of the photos and accompanying ancient were damp and musty but you smell those that Unfortunately, I did NOT find the really heavily-documented shots of the 1928 Cameron Peck/ Sidney Boyer/Museum of Modern Art SS tourer I drove (save one), nor of coverage of other S and SS cars. I however, find the negs for and others and have posted to a Mercedes Continuation page 2. of these photos have cropped to save bandwidth where noted). Provenance is where and as known.

I also my original copy of the Museum of Art’s catalog, 8 Automobiles An exhibition concerned with the of motorcar design, at the Museum of Art, New York, autumn featuring D. Cameron Peck’s SS as the first car* (which mis-state as a 1930), but the catalog is by copyright. [* — the others (2) a 1949 Cisitalia by Pinin, (3) a 1939 razor-edge Bentley by Young, (4) a swoopy tear-drop Talbot by Figoni and Falaschi, (5) a Willys-Overland Jeep (NOT the classic), (6) a 1937 Cord by (7) a 1948 MG TC, and (8) a 1941 Lincoln Interesting; of eight cars, had custom bodies and five had bodies]

Let’s start with one photo of my SS tourer, a page from the July 1953 of the old TRUE Magazine, plus a sketch I made from fabulous Alexandre Georges photo (shot when Sid owned the car) and a pen drawing I on 04 Apr 1955:

(Image from the of S. Berliner, III — all rights

(Ca. 1955 sketch by and S. Berliner, III — all rights

(04 Apr 1955 drawing by and 1955/2003 S. III — all rights reserved)

as I love the works SS tourer, the Boyer/MMA car shown above, the S model pleases me even as noted herein and elsewhere on pages; just for the fun of it, I turned the Art Dep’t. loose with an processor and came up with an S of the Boyer/MMA car (with the original shown for comparison:

S. Berliner, III all rights reserved)

[Click on right image for larger

Mercedes-Benz 540K W24

Ach, MEHR besser!

At the running of antique cars at the Cup race at Roosevelt Raceway on 19 Jun I took photos of three M-B in the paddock area, the 1923 Indy racer, a huge-bumpered SS tourer (which now seems to be a coupй) and a small ’30s coupй:

(19 Jun 60 photos by and 1960/2003 S. III — all rights reserved)

last two may well be of that I’d turned down; it was in a garage in Garden City west of Roosevelt Raceway) and had a hardtop in place at the time and a rag top which was hanging from the rafters in the extended position, with ribs, irons, and

That white SS tourer-cum-coupй is certainly NOT C. S. Schaub’s 1928 car (from Apex, North back then) or one almost to it. Here’s Schaub’s photo of his which he sent me on 08 Jun 1957, with photos of his ex-Count 1931 SSK, later the Beach concours winner, and his GP SS (the latter taken in

(C. S. Schaub photos from the (of S. Berliner, III — all rights

My old notes indicate that the tourer was destroyed in the terrible at Charlie Stich’s shop THAT was). I was informed on 13 Nov 03 the huge-bumpered so-called tourer to be a coupй, although the lower swoop seems the same, and the 320K is probably a 290 and that the 290 or the 320 used the suffix K for their (Kurz) versions.

Returning a Sep 1988 auto trip to and Labrador via Cleveland, I took photo of a 540K in the the Crawford Museum of the Western Reserve Society at Case Western University:

Elsewhere I have of the M-B works photos but I found a of old, damp, fading prints, mostly penciled on the back, and so here they thumbnailed (click on them for images):

(Images from the (now) of S. Berliner, III — all reserved)

[Thumbnailed images click on the pictures for larger

That last is a giant model ( NOT a K, works caption bodied by Saoutchik ( NOT Saontchik); how, while the basic are similar to those of an S or SS, it is so very higher.

Lastly, I ran across a of an undated copy of an article I for the CCCA newsletter, ca. 1955, I excerpt here:

(Ca. image from the collection of S. Berliner, III — all rights

[Thumbnailed image — on the picture for a larger image.]


Talk about a survivor! Ca. 15 Apr I ran across photos of a model 24 owned my former colleague, Sametz, who took and furnished photos of his car ca. 20 Sep 1971, describing it as a one of a kind, find. 1924 Benz, model 24-100/140 Aluminum body by Fleetwood. cowl, double windshield, 4 touring. Engine rebuilt, partially restored.:

(1971 by A. Sametz, from the collection of S. III — all rights reserved)

images — click on the for larger images.]

This car is like the Smithsonian model that it has a dual windscreen, belt line, four doors, artillery wheels, lockers in the kick plates, and no or bumpers. ODD ! It also lacks exhaust down pipes!

You can see the star stamped in the right of the radiator shell in that photo. Also note the placement of the dual windscreen on car vs. that on the Saoutchik-bodied K in the Moffat/works above.

Ash also furnished a full sheet, which has been on the succeeding page .

However, car is NOT a K model; see Works History of the 24-100/140 and K on M-B continuation page 3.


Chronik der Fahrzeuge und Motoren , Verlag 1956, Stuttgart-Bad Canbstatt own story in words and pictures, with the official DB list of of cars and their dates, HP, and cylinders).

Ca. 1960, a New York of my father, W. R. Nitske, wrote a booklet, The Complete Mercedes about M-B, in 8½ x 11

¼ thick, with a red cover; my copy has not yet turned up. The Daimler poster, Bauprogamme im 1896 (1896 Product may well have been on the cover or as the frontispiece.

David Scott-Moncrieff wrote a fabulous and history ca. 1965-70, Three-Pointed . which, along with other MB references, I have not yet

Mercedes — Where the came from ?, Daimler-Benz AG,

SS Mercedes (Salon), Road Oct 1953, pp. 17-20, with Cheseborough photos of the Brodie

Mercedes SSK , Road Track, no but ca.1953, pp. 24-25, 41 (with cross-section).

A Shining Star , Cars Illustrated, Nov 1955, pp. (great photos of restoration of an SS coupй, one of only three at the time — sure like an S to me).

Do you think Benz will ever me for this spoof

Ooops! isn’t what’s meant by a leg (Hals- und Beinbruch) !

Mercerized . Inc.

Fine Imported Bridge Bents —

to Hold a Lustrous Finish

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


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