1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A / 154146 Chassis Information

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K
Cabriolet A
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
Chassis #: 154146
Engine # 154146
High bid of $3,100,000 at 2015 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona. (did not sell)
Sold for $2,585,000 at 2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey.
This 540K Sport Cabriolet A was ordered by Martha Jordans and was delivered to her home in Monchengladbach, Germany. Documentation suggests that Miss Jordans placed the order for this car in Paris, although the car was actually delivered on February 12th of 1937, to her German home on Albertusstrasse in Mönchengladbach via Daimler-Benz Düsseldorf. Jordans was a friend of Alfred Krupp, the steel magnate, and on the inside of the hood there is a plaque with his name. Jordans later emigrated via Paris to the United States and her Cabriolet A went with her.

Eighty-three Cabriolet As of all styles were built on the 540 K chassis, and 32 of this version, which was introduced in 1936, were constructed. Just 10 bodies of the 826200 series were built (with Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen coachwork), and this example, body number 826201, is the first of these.

This vehicle has been in many books and was also featured in the US magazine Car Collector while in the ownership of American Mercedes-Benz expert Tom Kreid in the 1980s. In 1996 the car returned to Germany and was purchased by Dr. Stoffel of Straubing in Germany. It was later restored in Germany by prewar specialists Wagner of Landshut. The car is a great example of this prestigious supercharged Mercedes and still has its original Telefunken radio and fitted luggage.

2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Sale Price :
$2,585,000

2016 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Auction

Lot was not sold

2015 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$3,400,000-$4,000,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
$3,100,000

2018 2
2017 1
2016 3
2013 1
2012 3
2011 4
2010 1
2009 1
2007 3
2004 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$1,927,500$3,277,5002
2017$2,585,000$2,585,0001
2016$4,647,500$9,900,0003
2013$797,307$797,3071
2012$449,330$667,0003
2011$3,409,924$9,680,0004
2010$2,145,000$2,145,0001
2009$586,840$586,8401
2007$3,983,445$8,058,3583
2004$852,500$852,5001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1937 sales)
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Sports Roadster Coachwork by Mayfair
Chassis#: 154080
Sold for $3,277,500
  2018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet B
Chassis#: 169350
Sold for $577,500
  2018 Mecum : Monterey
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet A by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 154146
Sold for $2,585,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet C
Chassis#: 154062
Sold for $1,072,500
  2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K CABRIOLET A Coachwork by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 154083
Sold for $2,970,000
  2016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 130894
Sold for $9,900,000
  2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Sports Saloon
Chassis#: 169341
Sold for $797,307
  2013 Bonhams - The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster Model
Sold for $34,500
  2012 RM - Milhous Collection, Fla
 
1937 Mercedes 540 K cabriolet B 1937
Sold for $646,491
  2012 Artcurial Motorcars at Rétromobile
 
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet 'C'
Chassis#: 236583
Sold for $667,000
  2012 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Sale, Az
 
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A - Coachwork by Sindelfingen
Sold for $1,350,079
  2011 Coys - A217 True Greats
 
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 154140
Sold for $9,680,000
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A by Factory Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 154081
Sold for $1,996,988
  2011 RM Auctions - Villa d'Este
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet C
Chassis#: 169312
Sold for $612,630
  2011 Bonhams - Automobilia, Motos de collection et Automobiles d'exception au Grand Palais
 
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Sport Cabriolet A
Sold for $2,145,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
 
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet C
Chassis#: 169312
Sold for $586,840
  2009 Bonhams - Fine Vintage and Collectors' Motorcars at Reims
 
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A
Chassis#: 169363
Sold for $1,361,976
  2007 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster
Chassis#: 4086
Sold for $8,058,358
  2007 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special
Sold for $2,530,000
  2007 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A
Chassis#: 169376
Sold for $852,500
  2004 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K SPORT CABRIOLET A1541462016 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Auction   
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet A by Sindelfingen1541462015 RM Auctions Automobiles of Arizona$3,100,000$3,400,000$4,000,000

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1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle thumbnail image  1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle thumbnail image  
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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1934 500K Kombo Roadster
Coachbuilder: Windovers
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 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 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 500K1936 Three-Position Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Corsica
Chassis Num: 113622
Engine Num: 113622
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1936 Special Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 113659
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 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 500K1936 Tourenwagen Sports Phaeton
Chassis Num: 209421
Engine Num: 123724
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 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 B
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 408429


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