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1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K


Chassis number : 105391

Mercedes-Benz 1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K History Specifications
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Sold for $1,870,000 at 2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey.
In March of 1934, Mercedes-Benz introduced their 500K at the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, more commonly referred to as the Berlin Motor Show. It was produced alongside the 380 K and featured a fully independent suspension, an engine displacing 4984 cubic-centimeters of displacement, and a four-speed gearbox with direct ratio in third gear with the fourth gear acting as an overdrive unit. The engine produced 100 horsepower in normal operation and 160 horsepower when the supercharger was engaged.

Ultimate, 342 examples, mainly destined for Europe, England, and North America were built.

This example is an early Cabriolet A with long sweeping front fenders, a low top and windshield, dual rear-mounted spared, and a passenger compartment moved far back on the chassis frame.

This example was originally delivered through Mercedes-Benz AG of Zurich, Switzerland, to a 30-year-old Curt Alexander Bally of nearby Schönenwerd on September 21st of 1934. In 1951, the 500 K was acquired in Switzerland, possibly from Mr. Bally, by Walter M. Halle of Cleveland, Ohio, for whom it underwent a five-year restoration. Mr. Halle later gave the 500 K to the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum in 1971. It remained on display for nearly two decades.

In 1990, it was sold back into private hands, where it joined the current owner's collection. The owner commissioned a restoration of the car later in the 1990s, at which time the car was refinished in its present livery, scarlet with a light tan interior piped in red, a matching top, chrome wire wheels with whitewall tires, and a radiator stone guard.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2016

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2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $2,000,000-USD $2,500,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,870,000

1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Mercedes-Benz 500K

(Data based on Model Year 1934 sales)
1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K Four-Passenger Tourer
Chassis#: 123689
Sold for USD$362,500
  2020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours
1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  
1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K Four-Passenger Tourer
Chassis#: 123689
Sold for USD$830,000
  2019 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona
1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  
1934 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Cabriolet A by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 105391
Sold for USD$1,870,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  
1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet C
Chassis#: 113658
Sold for USD$681,232
  2015 Bonhams : The Chantilly Sale
 
1934 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Tourer by Mayfair
Chassis#: 123689
Sold for USD$825,000
  2014 RM Auctions at Monterey
1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  
1934 Mercedes-Benz 500 Nürburg Cabriolet
Chassis#: M84785
Sold for USD$317,736
  2010 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques a Monaco
 
1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet C
Chassis#: 105377
Sold for USD$310,200
  2005 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
 
1934 MERCEDES-BENZ 500 K TWO DOOR CONVERTIBLE
Sold for USD$15,500
  2002 Kruse Auction - Scottsdale, AZ (Rawhide)
 

Mercedes-Benz 500Ks That Failed To Sell At Auction

1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1934 MERCEDES-BENZ 500K FOUR-PASSENGER TOURER1236892015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction $1,250,000$1,500,000
1934 MERCEDES-BENZ 500 K CABRIOLET C 2001 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$230,000  

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1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K Profiles

1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K vehicle information
Touren Wagon
Chassis #: 20132
Engine #: 105355
1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.
Chassis #: 123689
Engine #: 123689
1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K vehicle information
Cabriolet A
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
Chassis #: 105391
Engine #: 105391
1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K vehicle information
Cabriolet A
Coachwork: Sindelfingen