coachwork: sheet metal on wooden frame, 2 seater roadster
engine: straigh 8 cylinder, 5.401 ccm, roots supercharger, 115hp without or 180hp with supercharger, 5speed gearbox
production: between 1936 and 1939 only 419 car models 540K were delivered by Mercedes-Benz in a variety of 10 different body styles. Of the Special Roadster only 25 examples were built!
About the car: The absolutely stunning body style of 540K special roadster makes this car the most desirable and sought after model of all supercharged Mercedes motorcars. This 540K was completely restored by a reputable German specialist and driven only a few careful miles since. Based on a B-Convertible the car was carefully rebuilt to become a sepcial-roadster over an 8-year period. The conditon can only be described as concourse!
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DETAILS ABOUT ANOTHER SIMILAR CAR:
The first of the series, the 380K, was introduced at the Berlin Motor Show in 1933 and was replaced by the 500K in 1934. The 500K, in turn, was succeeded during 1936 by the ultimate motor car of the '30s, the 540K.
Each car was individually constructed to the finest German standards, using only the most enduring materials and the finest craftsmen. Mercedes created almost all the body designs for its premier models in-house and built them in their own Sindelfingen Werk.
The ultimate Mercedes-Benz 540K was the Special Roadster. Exceptional at the time, the 540K Special Roadster has subsequently established itself at the pinnacle of classic cars. The 540K Special Roadster is an awe-inspiring blend of size, performance and style, possessed of a presence that is immediately arresting in any surrounding.
Bought from the Mercedes-Benz stand at the 1937 Berlin Motor Show by Warner Brothers Studio for its impresario Jack Warner, one 540K was specially prepared for delivery in the United States with a speedometer calibrated in miles and a "Made in Germany" plaque.
Following restoration the car took first in class as well as the Mercedes-Benz Trophy at the 1995 Pebble Beach Concours, followed by first in class and best in show at the VSCCA Castle Hill Concours in Massachusetts the next month. It has won numerous other best in class and best in show awards including the Dallas Concours, Amelia Island and Bay Harbor, Michigan.
This most beautiful, powerful and imposing automobile of the classic era still has the grandeur to stop traffic by looks alone-then leave it far behind as the howl of its supercharger fades into the distance.
This car sold for $3,630,000, including buyer's premium, at RM's Arizona Biltmore sale, held January 18, 2002.