1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet / 169389 Chassis Information

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 540K1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Norrmalm
Chassis #: 169389
This Mercedes-Benz 540K wears coachwork by Norrmalm. There are only three cars known to exist with Norrmalm coachwork, and this is the only Mercedes-Benz to wear such. Mr. Johan Oscar Olhager was the chief of design and designed this bodywork for its first owner, Mr. Max Gumpel of Sweden. It was delivered on the 30th of September of 1937 to Mr. Gumpel. The coachwork was completed in February of 1938; the car was registered to Mr. Gumpel on March 4th of that year with the registration number A54.

The coachwork was designed to cope with the harsh roads and snowy winters of Sweden. It has two batteries, and an oversized fuel tank for extended range of travel. The dashboard was designed by the brothers Gunnar and Knut Espeland. It has Marchal headlights, spotlight and running lights. There is an oversized mascot of the nude goddess Diana with her bow shooting an arrow into the sky. The interior features a front seat that was designed to accommodate three passengers, two ladies and a gentleman.

During World War II, it was put into storage and saw little use. It received a special 'non-conscription order', allowing the car to remain with Max and not be conscripted to the Swedish Army.

In 1955, the car was sold to Michael Savosnick, who owned it until 1964. It was sold to Carl Kristofferson who sold it to Howard Sluyter of the United States in 1965. It remained with Mr. Kristofferson until the 1980s when it was sold to Jerry J. Moore. The next owner was Jerome Sauls who purchased it in 1990 and sold it a year later to a Japanese collector. It remained in Japan until being purchased in 2001 by Terena Shaw of Canada. That same year, it was sold to its current owner.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2016

Chassis# 169389

2016 The Finest : The Elegance at Hershey
Pre-Auction Estimates :$950,000-$1,300,000 
Lot was not sold

Analysis

Chassis number 169389 Auction Sales History
2016Pre-Sale Estimates: $950,000 - $1,300,000

2016 1
2015 1
2013 4
2009 1
2005 2
2003 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2016$836,000$836,0001
2015$1,870,000$1,870,0001
2013$1,425,632$2,200,7884
2009$946,000$946,0001
2005$1,026,684$1,035,8682
2003$973,500$973,5001

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 image  1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
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
 

No Sale

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 Mercedes Benz 540K Norrmalm Cabriolet1693892016 The Finest : The Elegance at Hershey $950,000$1,300,000
1938 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K ROADSTER1693172016 Bonhams The MercedesBenz Sale $2,100,000$2,700,000
1938 Mercede-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster long tail1693942015 R√©tromobile by Artcurial Motorcars $2,000,000$3,000,000
1938 MERCEDES-BENZ 540 K SPEICAL PHAETON111025100048132003 Kruse Auctions Las Vegas, NV$0  

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