1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Streamliner Coupe Vehicle Profile

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

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Streamliner Coupe
Long forgotten among Mercedes-Benz's prewar racing effort is this 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Streamliner, originally built for a high-speed endurance race between Berlin and Rome that never occurred due to the time's political climate. It was developed by the 'Sonderwagenbau' department in Sindelfingen under the leadership of Hermann Ahrens. It perfectly illustrates the innovative power of the Mercedes-Benz brand and its expertise in the development of one-off vehicles capable of satisfying the most stringent standards of design comfort, quality and customer experience. The 540 K Streamliner was systematically designed to optimize aerodynamic performance for long distance driving at continuously high speeds. It was sculpted from front to rear to allow for minimum air drag. It has a curved windshield and low roof line tapering to a point in the middle of the back and merging from there into the horizontal line of the softly curved rear section with fully integrated headlights. In 2014, following a restoration by Mercedes-Benz Classic, it produced the incredible drag coefficient of 0.36 in the wind tunnel a significantly lower value than the approximate 0.57 associated with a standard 540 K Coupe body.

The car was then given to the German branch of Dunlop in Hanau for high-speed tire testing on the relatively empty autobahns. Due to limited fuel availability during World War II Dunlop converted the car to run on liquefied petroleum gas and it survived otherwise untouched in their garages until 1945. Shortly after the end of the war it was 'rescued' by a US Army soldier who painted it a olive color before it was returned to Dunlop and de-registered in 1948. Soon after that it was returned to Daimler-Benz and its body was removed and scrapped, while the chassis, rear axle and some remaining body parts put into storage. It was delivered to the Mercedes-Benz Museum in 1950 and there it rested, largely overlooked by historians, for more than half a century. The car's resurrection began in 2011; the unique experimental coupe has been brought back to life by Mercedes-Benz Classic using the car's original blueprints. The first time it was shown in public since its restoration completion was at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.


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1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet B
Chassis#: 130903
Sold for $836,000
  2016 Worldwide Auctions - The Houston Classic
 
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster by Nawrocki
Sold for $1,870,000
  2015 Auctions America - California
 
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet B
Chassis#: 169367
Sold for $1,289,033
  2013 RM Auction - London
 
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Cabriolet A
Chassis#: 154133
Sold for $2,200,788
  2013 RM Auction - London
 
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K cabriolet
Chassis#: 169333
Sold for $900,205
  2013 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet 'A'
Chassis#: 169396
Sold for $1,312,500
  2013 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K
Sold for $946,000
  2009 The Scottsdale Auction : Gooding & Company
 
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A
Chassis#: 169397
Sold for $1,035,868
  2005 Bonhams - Important Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster
Chassis#: 189387
Sold for $1,017,500
  2005 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Sport Cabriolet
Sold for $973,500
  2003 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K ROADSTER1693172016 Bonhams The MercedesBenz Sale $2,100,000$2,700,000
1938 MERCEDES-BENZ 540 K SPEICAL PHAETON111025100048132003 Kruse Auctions Las Vegas, NV$0  

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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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