1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Spezial Cabriolet A / 408371 Chassis Information

1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K
Spezial Cabriolet A
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
Chassis #: 408371
Engine # 408371
High bid of $2,800,000 at 2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island. (did not sell)
The chassis and engine for this Mercedes-Benz was delivered under kommission number 311463 to a client in Paris on April 29th of 1939. It was given Cabriolet A bodywork by the factory with special instructions that included to give it a raked vee'd windshield, a feature found on the Spezial Roadsters of the period. Just one other similar example of a Spezial Cabriolet, produced on a 500 K chassis, is known to exist. It was given fitted luggage and a five-speed transmission.

Early in its existence, it was sent to the United States with its earliest known post-war owner being American operatic tenor James Melton. The car remained with him until shortly before his passing in 1961, being one of the last cars to leave his stable. After about a decade it was purchased by Otis Chandler. The 540 K was restored for Chandler by Richard Martin in time for the 1973 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. It was finished in two-tone green livery and earned top honors in its class and went on to win the Best of Show award.

The car was later purchased from Mr. Chandler by Tom Barrett for his client, Axel Wars. When the Wars collection was dispersed in the early 1980s, the Spezial Cabriolet A was purchased by General William Lyon where it remained for nearly a decade.

In the early 1990s, the car was restored again by Mike Fennel of Saugas, California where it was given its present livery of bright scarlet, with tan leather upholstery and a tan cloth top. It then joined the present owner's collection, where it has remained for two decades.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2016


2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$3,000,000-$4,000,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
$2,800,000

2019 1
2017 1
2016 1
2013 1
2011 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$1,794,074$1,794,0741
2017$6,600,000$6,600,0001
2016$1,485,000$1,485,0001
2013$7,480,000$7,480,0001
2011$4,620,000$4,620,0001

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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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 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 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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