1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Roadster / 105380 Vehicle Information

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K
Roadster
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
Chassis #: 105380
Sold for $3,767,500 at 2011 RM Auctions at Monterey.
Sold for $5,916,336 (€5,290,000) at 2016 Bonhams : The Chantilly Sale.
The Mercedes-Benz 500K (W 29, 100/160 hp) was one of the greatest performance automobiles of the Thirties. 13 months after the debut of the 380, Mercedes-Benz introduced the 500K at the Berlin Auto Show. Both were built in parallel in 1934, but by the close of the year the 500 K stood along at the top of the Mercedes-Benz catalog.

The Mercedes-Benz 500 K employed a generously-braced chassis frame boxed with the axle centerlines with fully independent suspension with coil springs using dual A-arms at the front and swing axles at the rear, both fitted with hydraulic lever shock absorbers. Concentric coil springs were added to the rear suspension to pick up higher loads, and later in the 500 K series, horizontal camber compensator springs added another level of control to the swing axles.

The engine had overhead valves operated by pushrods and rocker arms from a camshaft mounted above the crankshaft on the left side of the cylinder block. The Rootes-style positive displacement supercharger mounted at the front of the engine was activated by the driver when the accelerator pedal was pressed fully to the floor, engaging a multi-disc clutch pack on the engine and forcing air through the carburetor into the cylinders. The unit cylinder block and crankcase were cast in steel with a cast iron cylinder head and an 8-10 liter capacity aluminum oil sump. With the normal-aspirated version of the engine, it produced 100 horsepower. When the supercharger was engaged, that figure rose to 160 hp at 3400 RPM.

Later, the 500 K engines were given a rotary-type 'Jumo' fuel pump built by aircraft engine manufactures Junkers, and ensured adequate fuel flow when the blower cut in and fuel requirements soared.

The 500K had a four-speed gearbox with direct (1:1) third-speed and a pre-selector type overdrive fourth with a 0.6:1 ratio engaged without using the clutch. The top three speeds were synchronized. The standard rear axle ratio of 5.11:1 of the 380 was raised to 4.9:1 or greater for the 500 K.

In standard guise, the 500K had two spare wheels and tires, safety glass, electric windshield wipers, hydraulic brakes with vacuum booster and 370mm diameter drums, central lubrication, 12-volt electrical system and a centrally mounted fog light.

Production of the 500K continued for three years, through 1936. In total, there were 342 examples built. 29 were bodied with Roadster and Special Roadster coachwork.

Chassis Number 105380
This 500 K Roadster was completed on February 6th of 1935 at Sindelfingen and immediately shipped to Berlin where it was the centerpiece of the Mercedes-Benz display from February 14th through the 24th at the Berlin Motor Show. At the time, the car was metallic green. After the show it remained in Berlin until March 22 when it was shipped to the Mercedes-Benz agency in Aachen, Germany. It was sold a month later, on April 25th of 1935, to Hans Friedrich Prym of Stolberg.

The interim history is unknown, but when it ended up in the collection of Russell Strauch in the 1970s, it was still in excellent original condition. It was acquired by Don Dickson in 1976, and remained in his collection until 1988 when it was sold to Richie Clyne for the Imperial Palace Collection which commissioned a cosmetic restoration in 1991. It was later purchased by the Lyon Family Collection.

The car is finished in red and rides on chrome wire wheels and whitewall tires. There are dual rear spares, a pair of windshield post-mounted spotlights, chrome outside exhaust headpipes and chrome body accent moldings. There is a raked vee windshield, sweeping fenders and integrated running boards. Both front and rear fenders are slightly skirted.

The interior of the car is finished in tan leather with a matching tan single layer cloth top. The top folds nearly flush with the rear deck under a matching top boot cover.
In 2011, the car was offered for sale in Monterey, Ca. presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $4,000,000-$5,000,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $3,767,500, including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2011


2016 Bonhams : The Chantilly Sale

Sale Price :
$5,916,336 (€5,290,000.00)

2011 RM Auctions at Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$4,000,000-$5,000,000 
Sale Price :
$3,767,500

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1935 sales)
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet A
Chassis#: 123779
Sold for $1,766,009
  2020 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Roadster
Chassis#: 105380
Sold for $5,916,336
  2016 Bonhams : The Chantilly Sale
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  
1935 MERCEDES-BENZ 500K 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'
Chassis#: 113688
Sold for $1,221,346
  2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction
 
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500/540 K Cabriolet A by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 105384
Sold for $3,025,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Cabriolet A
Chassis#: 105379
Sold for $2,750,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Roadster by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 105380
Sold for $3,767,500
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Cabriolet
Chassis#: 130859
Sold for $1,418,725
  2007 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500/540K
Sold for $1,650,000
  2006 Worldwide Auctions - Houston Classic 2006
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1935 MERCEDES-BENZ 500K CABRIOLET A1137172016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge $2,200,000$2,600,000
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500k Cabriolet C1137152016 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale $550,000$650,000
1935 MERCEDES-BENZ 500K CABRIOLET C1137152016 Bonhams The MercedesBenz Sale $620,000$930,000
1935 MERCEDES-BENZ 500 K CABRIOLET1236962016 Bonhams The MercedesBenz Sale $4,600,000$5,400,000
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500k Roadster1236862016 Motostalgia : Amelia Island Auction $1,900,000$2,250,000
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Cabriolet by Windovers1136312012 Coys Blenheim Palace $280,000$350,000
1935 MERCEDES BENZ 500 K replicaCA9515692011 McCormicks Auction #50 Palm Springs CA$19,500  
1935 MERCEDES 500K REPLICACA9515692010 McCormick's Auction #49 Palm Springs, CA$18,500  
1935 Mercedes-Benz Nürburg 500 Landaulet10 113 5592007 Bonhams Les Grandes Marques a Monaco $300,000$400,000
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet B1136262005 Bonhams Sports, Competition & Collectors' Motor Cars, F1 Memorabilia, Automobilia & Models $140,000$160,000
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster 2003 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island$2,275,000  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1934 Cabriolet A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1934 Cabriolet A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 105391
Engine Num: 105391
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1934 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.
Chassis Num: 123689
Engine Num: 123689
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1934 Touren Wagon
Chassis Num: 20132
Engine Num: 105355
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Special Roadster
Engine Num: 123686
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Cabriolet A
Chassis Num: 105379
Engine Num: 105379
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 105380
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Cabriolet A
Chassis Num: 105384
Engine Num: 105384
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Cabriolet A
Chassis Num: 113717
Engine Num: 113717
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1936 Three-Position Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Corsica
Chassis Num: 113622
Engine Num: 113622
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1936 Touren Wagon with Factory Coachwork
Chassis Num: 113696
Engine Num: 113696
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1936 Cabriolet Tourer A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 123724
Engine Num: 123724
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1936 Tourenwagen Sports Phaeton
Chassis Num: 209421
Engine Num: 123724


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