1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K SWB Roadster Vehicle Profile

1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K
SWB Roadster
Introduced in 1936, the 540K was instantly recognized as a top-of-the-line automobile with style, engineering, comfort and performance that was simply unmatched by the competition. Using its own in-house styling department, the Sindelfingen Body Works, Mercedes produced some of the most elegant coachwork of all time.

Mercedes produced approximately 419 540Ks. The same supercharged 5.4-liter straight eight-cylinder engine powered them all. It made 115 horsepower normally and 180 with the supercharger engaged. They rode on fully independent suspension, had a six-speed gearbox, weighed almost three tons and consumed fuel at the rate of eight miles per gallon.

The 1939 model shown is a unique one-off special roadster body mounted on a shortened chassis. Five of the shorter chassis were made and three survive today. The car was originally delivered to a German steel magnate. It is restored to original and belongs to a private collection in Switzerland.


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Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1939 sales)
1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet A
Chassis#: 408386
Sold for $1,794,074
  2019 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 408383
Sold for $6,600,000
  2017 RM Sotheby's : Arizona Auction
1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1939 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K WITH 'CABRIOLET A' BODY CONVERSION
Chassis#: 540408420
Sold for $1,485,000
  2016 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 408383
Sold for $7,480,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Monterey
1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 408383
Sold for $4,620,000
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1939 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K CABRIOLET A4083882016 Bonhams The MercedesBenz Sale $1,500$2,000
1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Cabriolet A by Sindelfingen4083712016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island$2,800,000$3,000,000$4,000,000

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1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle thumbnail image  1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle thumbnail image  
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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1936 Special Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Erdmann & Rossi
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1936 Special Roadster
Coachbuilder: Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1936 Cabriolet A Special
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1936 Cabriolet A Special
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1936 Cabriolet C Special
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1936 Special Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1936 Sport Cabriolet A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1936 Special Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 113659
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1936 Special Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 130913
Engine Num: 130913
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1936 Cabriolet B
Chassis Num: 130921
Engine Num: 130921
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1936 Spezial Coupe
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 130944
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1936 Sport Cabriolet A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 130945
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1936 Special Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 130949
Engine Num: 130949
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Cabriolet A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Special Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Special Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Special Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Special Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Special Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 130894
Engine Num: 130894
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Cabriolet C
Chassis Num: 154062
Engine Num: 154062
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Roadster Mayfair
Coachbuilder: Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.
Chassis Num: 154080
Engine Num: 154080
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Cabriolet A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 154083
Engine Num: 154083
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Special Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 154140
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Cabriolet A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 154146
Engine Num: 154146
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Cabriolet A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 232198
Engine Num: 154081
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1938 Special Tourer
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1938 Cabriolet A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 169316
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1938 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Norrmalm
Chassis Num: 169389
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1938 Cabriolet A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 169396
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1938 Sport Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Erdmann & Rossi
Chassis Num: 232697
Engine Num: 154099
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1939 Spezial Cabriolet A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 408371
Engine Num: 408371
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1939 Spezial Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 408383
Engine Num: 408383
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1939 Autobahn Kurier
Chassis Num: B-69475
Engine Num: 154083
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1941 Cabriolet A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 189392
Engine Num: 189392
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1941 Cabriolet B
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 408429


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