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1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet / 169389 Vehicle 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 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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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
Between 1936 and 1940 Mercedes-Benz turned out 419 540K chassis before World War II intervened. Most were swathed in one of 11 standard body designs from Mercedes-Benz's in-house coachworks in Sindelfingen. A handful were bodied by outside coachbuilders, including this Swedish example by Norrmalm, designed by Johan Oscar Olbager, the firm's chief of design. Just three cars are known to exist with Norrmalm coachwork.

The chassis was delivered to Max Gumpel in Stockholm on September 30, 1937. Gumpel had the car fitted with two batteries and an oversized fuel tank for extended travel, along with Marchal headlights, spotlight and running lights. His most prominent personalization was the oversized goddess Diana mascot. Legend has it that Gumpel was a close personal friend of Greta Garbo and that she frequently rode with him in this car.


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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 USD$836,000
  2016 Worldwide Auctions - The Houston Classic
 
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster by Nawrocki
Sold for USD$1,870,000
  2015 Auctions America - California
 
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet B
Chassis#: 169367
Sold for USD$1,289,033
  2013 RM Auction - London
 
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Cabriolet A
Chassis#: 154133
Sold for USD$2,200,788
  2013 RM Auction - London
 
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K cabriolet
Chassis#: 169333
Sold for USD$900,205
  2013 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
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1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet 'A'
Chassis#: 169396
Sold for USD$1,312,500
  2013 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K
Sold for USD$946,000
  2009 The Scottsdale Auction : Gooding & Company
 
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A
Chassis#: 169397
Sold for USD$1,035,868
  2005 Bonhams - Important Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster
Chassis#: 189387
Sold for USD$1,017,500
  2005 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Sport Cabriolet
Sold for USD$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 540K
1936 Special Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Erdmann & Rossi

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1936 Cabriolet A Special
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1936 Cabriolet A Special
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1936 Cabriolet C Special
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1936 Special Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1936 Sport Cabriolet A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1936 Special Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 113659

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1936 Special Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 130913
Engine Num: 130913
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1936 Cabriolet B
Chassis Num: 130921
Engine Num: 130921

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1936 Spezial Coupe
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 130944
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1936 Sport Cabriolet A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 130945

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1936 Special Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 130949
Engine Num: 130949
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1936 Special Roadster
Coachbuilder: Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.
Chassis Num: 154080
Engine Num: 154080

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1937 Cabriolet A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1937 Special Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1937 Special Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1937 Special Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1937 Special Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1937 Special Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 130894
Engine Num: 130894

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1937 Cabriolet C
Chassis Num: 154062
Engine Num: 154062
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1937 Roadster Mayfair
Coachbuilder: Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.
Chassis Num: 154080
Engine Num: 154080

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1937 Cabriolet A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 154083
Engine Num: 154083
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1937 Special Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 154140

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1937 Cabriolet A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 154146
Engine Num: 154146

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1937 Cabriolet A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 232198
Engine Num: 154081

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1938 Special Tourer
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1938 Cabriolet A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 169316

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1938 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Norrmalm
Chassis Num: 169389
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1938 Cabriolet A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 169396

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1938 Sport Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Erdmann & Rossi
Chassis Num: 232697
Engine Num: 154099

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1939 Spezial Cabriolet A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 408371
Engine Num: 408371
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1939 Spezial Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 408383
Engine Num: 408383

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1939 Autobahn Kurier
Chassis Num: B-69475
Engine Num: 154083
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1941 Cabriolet A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 189392
Engine Num: 189392

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K
1941 Cabriolet B
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 408429

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K

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