1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet C / 154062 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 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 C
Chassis #: 154062
Engine # 154062
Sold for $1,072,500 at 2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach.
With six feet of hood separating the driver from the front of the Mercedes 540K, there had to be something important under all that elegantly styled sheet metal. In this case, it was a legend - and an enormous engine. The early thirties saw Daimler-Benz begin to design high-speed touring cars, culminating in 1936 in the construction of the 540K. The eight-cylinder, 5.4-liter, big-bore engine was supercharged - the 'K' designation stands for Kompressor - and engaging; it rewarded drivers with a distinctive note from the 540K's whinnying blower. The steering was stiff at lower speeds, but one look at the hody (there were nine options from which to choose) made it clear that speed would never be a problem. The car was one of the first to employ four-wheel independent suspension. The transmission is an unsynchronized four-speed manual; the car has a top speed of 105 mph. This example was found in Japan and brought to the United States in 2004, where it was completely restored to its original condition.
Cabriolet C
Chassis #: 154062
Engine # 154062
Sold for $1,072,500 at 2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach.
The Mercedes-Benz 540K, introduced at the Paris Salon in October of 1936, was a road-going vehicle capable of 100 mph. They were built upon the success of the earlier S-Type and 500 K models. Power was sourced from a 5.4-liter supercharged straight-eight engine, a configuration inspired by the Grand Prix Silver Arrows. The Roots supercharger was engaged manually or when the driver floored the throttle. With the compressor engaged, the alternative atmospheric intake to the carburetor was closed, and power was boosted from 115 bhp to 180 bhp. Along with the supercharger, the 540K had servo-assisted hydraulic brakes, an independent suspension, and a four-speed gearbox with a direct top gear. Most Mercedes wore coachwork assembled in Stuttgart, at the Sindelfingen works. Many different chassis and body styles were offered, including four different cabriolet designs.

The Cabriolet C body style was elegant, with two large doors, sweeping fenders, and accommodation for five occupants. In total, just 419 examples of the 540 K were produced, with 97 of those in 1936. Of the 32 Cabriolet Cs built, it is believed that six to eight were finished with a 'steep rear,' or sloped back.

This particular example, chassis number 154062, was delivered new under production order number 233717 on October 26th of 1936, to Souheur & Chappuis, the Mercedes-Benz dealer in Brussels. A British individual acquired it in January of 1937.

The car's early history is not fully known, but by the early 1970s, it was owned by the Specialty Cars Store Inc., of Warrendale, PA. It was acquired in January of 1975 by Margaret B. Cowan, of Colorado Springs, Colorado. By the early 1980s, it had become part of the Imperial Palace Collection in Las Vegas. Shortly thereafter, it came into the care of a private collection in Japan.
In the early 2000s, the car returned to the United States and into the care of Cave Creek Classics of Cave Creek, Arizona. The current owner acquired it from the Cave Creek Classics.

In 2016, the car was offered for sale at Gooding & Company's auction held in Pebble Beach, CA where it had an estimated value of $1.2 -$1.4 million. As bidding came to a close, it had been sold for $1,072,500 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2016

2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$1,200,000-$1,400,000 
Sale Price :
$1,072,500

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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