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1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Cabriolet / 130913 Vehicle Information

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K
Sold for $1,028,500 at 2007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona.
Sold for $913,000 at 2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey.
Sold for $1,540,000 at 2014 RM Auctions at Monterey.
This vehicle is chassis number 130913. The original owner was William A. Burden who took delivery in Paris, although factory records indicate the car was shipped to New York. Instead of standard bodywork, Mr. Burden requested a design that was influenced by the factory's great racing cars of the era. Sindelfingen's commission, number 219611, transformed the car into a Special Cabriolet. The car has separate fenders, is devoid of running boards, and a monochromatic black-on-black color scheme. It rides on blackwall tires and very little exposed bright metal trim. It has French design influences with a sloped and flared grille, which channels period Delahayes, and curvaceous fender lines drawn to a teardrop taper, which was nearly identical to the design found on the Autobahnkurier Coupes. There is a spare inset and flush with the rear deck in similar fashion to the 540 K Special Roadsters, keeping the wheel out of sight except from a direct rear view.

The car's second owner was Herbert Jaffe of Woodbury, New York. While in Mr. Jaffe's care, the car was given a restoration.

The restoration was completed in 1993 and it went on to be shown at numerous events.

The prior owner acquired the car from Mr. Jaffe in 2003 before it joined a large private collection in 2007.

In 2010, this car was offered for sale at the Sports & Classics of Monterey offered by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $1,100,000 - $1,300,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $913,000, inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2019



2014 RM Auctions at Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,100,000-USD $1,300,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,540,000

2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,100,000-USD $1,300,000 
Sale Price :
USD $913,000

2007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,200,000-USD $1,500,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,028,500

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1936 sales)
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet B by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 130921
Sold for USD$698,500
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Cabriolet by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 130913
Sold for USD$1,540,000
  2014 RM Auctions at Monterey
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster
Chassis#: 130949
Sold for USD$11,770,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet A by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 130945
Sold for USD$3,002,390
  2012 RM Auctions at Monaco
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Coupe by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 130944
Sold for USD$3,080,000
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet A by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 130945
Sold for USD$2,970,000
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Cabriolet
Chassis#: 130913
Sold for USD$913,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Cabriolet
Chassis#: 130945
Sold for USD$2,035,000
  2008 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1936 MERCEDES 540 K REPLICA
Chassis#: 1185135
Sold for USD$20,000
  2007 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions - November 18, 2007
 
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Replica Convertible
Sold for USD$11,880
  2007 Toronto International Spring Classic Car Auction
 
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Cabriolet
Chassis#: 130913
Sold for USD$1,028,500
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Sindelfigen
Sold for USD$836,000
  2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet C
Chassis#: 169387
Sold for USD$1,178,591
  2006 Coys Auction - Legende et Passion
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Sport Cabriolet1309452014 Rick Cole Auctions : Monterey$3,246,100  
1936 MERCEDES BENZ 540 K REPLICA 2009 Silver Auction Salt Lake City$19,000  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Cabriolet1309452004 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction$1,100,000$1,400,000$1,800,000

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Mercedes-Benz 540K Vehicle Profiles
500K Kombo Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K 500K Kombo Roadster

Coachbuilder: Windovers
Model Year: 1934
Profile
Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A

Model Year: 1935
Profile
Cabriolet B
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet B

Model Year: 1936
Profile

Special Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Erdmann & Rossi
Model Year: 1936
Profile
Cabriolet A Special
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A Special

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Model Year: 1936
Profile
Cabriolet A Special
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A Special

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Model Year: 1936
Profile

Cabriolet C Special
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet C Special

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Model Year: 1936
Profile
Special Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Model Year: 1936
Profile
Sport Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 540K Sport Cabriolet A

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Model Year: 1936
Profile

Special Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 113659
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History
Special Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 130913
Engine Num: 130913
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet B
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet B

Chassis Num: 130921
Engine Num: 130921
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History

Spezial Coupe
Mercedes-Benz 540K Spezial Coupe

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 130944
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History
Sport Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 540K Sport Cabriolet A

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 130945
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History
Special Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 130949
Engine Num: 130949
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History

Special Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Coachbuilder: Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.
Chassis Num: 154080
Engine Num: 154080
Model Year: 1936
Profile
Cabriolet B
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet B

Model Year: 1937
Profile
Sport Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz 540K Sport Cabriolet

Model Year: 1937
Profile

Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Model Year: 1937
Profile
Special Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Model Year: 1937
Profile
Special Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Model Year: 1937
Profile

Special Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Model Year: 1937
Profile
Special Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Model Year: 1937
Profile
Special Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 130894
Engine Num: 130894
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History

Cabriolet C
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet C

Chassis Num: 154062
Engine Num: 154062
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Roadster Mayfair
Mercedes-Benz 540K Roadster Mayfair

Coachbuilder: Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.
Chassis Num: 154080
Engine Num: 154080
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 154083
Engine Num: 154083
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History

Special Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 154140
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 154146
Engine Num: 154146
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet B
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet B

Chassis Num: 169350
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History

Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 232198
Engine Num: 154081
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K Roadster

Model Year: 1938
Profile
Special Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Model Year: 1938
Profile

Streamliner Coupe
Mercedes-Benz 540K Streamliner Coupe

Model Year: 1938
Profile
Special Tourer
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Tourer

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Model Year: 1938
Profile
Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 169316
Model Year: 1938
Profile

Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Norrmalm
Chassis Num: 169389
Model Year: 1938
Profile
Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 169396
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Sport Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz 540K Sport Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Erdmann & Rossi
Chassis Num: 232697
Engine Num: 154099
Model Year: 1938
Profile

SWB Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K SWB Roadster

Model Year: 1939
Profile
SWB Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K SWB Roadster

Model Year: 1939
Profile
SWB Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K SWB Roadster

Model Year: 1939
Profile

Spezial Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 540K Spezial Cabriolet A

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 408371
Engine Num: 408371
Model Year: 1939
Profile and Auction History
Spezial Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K Spezial Roadster

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 408383
Engine Num: 408383
Model Year: 1939
Profile and Auction History
Autobahn Kurier
Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn Kurier

Chassis Num: B-69475
Engine Num: 154083
Model Year: 1939
Profile

Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 189392
Engine Num: 189392
Model Year: 1941
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet B
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet B

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 408429
Model Year: 1941
Profile and Auction History


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