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1941 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet B / 408429 Vehicle Information

1941 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1941 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1941 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1941 Mercedes-Benz 540K1941 Mercedes-Benz 540K1941 Mercedes-Benz 540K
Sold for $929,500 at 2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge.
It took Mercedes-Benz craftsman 6,000 man hours to build a single 540K. They used the finest machinery, the best tools, the most skilled craftsman, engineers, machinists, and assemblers to construct some of the finest motor cars ever built.

The 540K was based on a strong and rigid chassis. They introduced coil spring four-wheel independent suspension using parallel wishbones at the front and swing axles at the rear. They featured synchromesh on the top three gears of their four-speed gearboxes, 12 volt electrical systems, central lubrication and vacuum-assisted hydraulic brakes. The engines featured a driver-controlled supercharger (in similar fashion to the S, SS, and SSK machines of the Twenties) that boosted engine output by about 60 percent in short full power bursts. The eight-cylinder engine displaced 5,401cc and had a bore of 88mm and a stroke of 111mm. Designer Hans Nibel and his successor, Hans-Gustav Röhr, had given it a long stroke and even-firing eight-cylinder layout to maximize smoothness and relaxed performance at low speeds and sustained rapid cruising. The driver automatically engaged the supercharger when the accelerator pedal was fully pressed to the floor, upping performance in bursts, bringing horsepower from 115 BHP to 180 BHP.

The 540K was capable of cruising for extended periods at speeds approaching 90 miles per hour. With their superchargers engaged, the top speeds easily exceeded 105 miles per hour.

During the four year production lifespan of the 540K, Mercedes-Benz built fewer than 400 examples.

The Mercedes-Benz coachworks at Sindelfingen provided cabriolet offerings in six different configuration, designating each variant alphabetically. There were three separate four-door styles, the cabriolets D, E and F, which accommodated up to seven passengers. There were also three two-door cabriolets with seating anywhere from two to five people. The Cabriolet B and Cabriolet C had rear seating, the B with rear quarter windows while the C had blind quarters on the folding top. The Cabriolet A had blind rear quarters and accommodations behind the front seats only for the two occupants' luggage.

Sindelfingen had started out as an aircraft production facility which employed as many as 5,600 people during The Great War. Production of civilian aircraft continued for a short time after the war but soon Sindelfingen was designated as Daimler's production facility for Mercedes bodies. After the merger with Benz in 1926, Sindelfingen's function expanded. New equipment was added, including huge 1,000 ton presses capable of forming steel sheets 200 x 150 cm in size. By the end of 1934 employment at Sindelfingen had returned to over 5,000. It built coachwork also for other manufacturers, constructing 20,000 bodies for BMW and many for Wanderer.

Fifteen different trades were employed in building the wood-framed bodies constructed at Sindelfingen. Sindelfingen's supervisors worked constantly to streamline and refine the process to minimize handling and inventory. Costs were high and only the most skilled and dedicated craftsmen were utilized in production the fine coachwork. Beech and ash heartwood were used exclusively, naturally dried in huge sheds at the factory which held a year's supply of wood before sending each piece to one of the twelve drying kilns. Metal panels were stamped out on the giant presses, then individually fitted and welded together into subassemblies. Final assembly took place on a moving assembly line.

While most coachwork built at the Mercedes-Benz karosserie at Sindelfingen was taken to the Mercedes-Benz factories at Untertürkheim or Mannheim to be installed on their chassis, the most exclusive vehicles, such as the 540Ks, were assembled at Sindelfingen where their assembly, finish and trimming could be perfected by the company's best workers.

Production of the 540K ended in 1938 or 1939 but a few 540K chassis were held in reserve for later completion.

This particular example was Commission Number 396152 on chassis number 408429. It was completed in 1941 and was one of the last 540Ks built. It was delivered to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin on February 12, 1941.

In 1946, it was sold by Kurt Nitschky of Motoradhaus in Karlsruhe to Viktor Reuter. Three months later it sold to Severn Loyd of Jackson, Tennessee, then disappeared for twelve years until it was owned in 1958 by Thomas Brothers in Phoenix. In 1977 it was owned by William A. O'Brien III in Reno. William O'Brien sold it to T.J. Day on October 15, 1985 and Mr. Day began a comprehensive concours quality restoration that was completed in 1988.

In July of 1988, at the Farwest Grand Classic, it was judged Third in Class.

This 540K is finished in red with chrome wire wheels, wide whitewall tires, dual exposed side-mounts with strap-on mirrors, dual spotlights, Bosch headlights and dip beam light, integrated trunk and dual taillights. The interior is upholstered in dove grey leather with grey carpets. There are tinted glass sun visors, an opening windshield and wood trim on the dashboard and around the windows.



2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $900,000-USD $1,300,000 
Sale Price :
USD $929,500

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1941 sales)
1941 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet A
Chassis#: 189392
Sold for USD$1,297,500
  2019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1941 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1941 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1941 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K Cabriolet B
Chassis#: 408429
Sold for USD$929,500
  2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1941 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1941 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

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Mercedes-Benz 540K Vehicle Profiles
500K Kombo Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K 500K Kombo Roadster

Coachbuilder: Windovers
Model Year: 1934
Profile
Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A

Model Year: 1935
Profile
Cabriolet B
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet B

Model Year: 1936
Profile

Special Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Erdmann & Rossi
Model Year: 1936
Profile
Cabriolet A Special
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A Special

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Model Year: 1936
Profile
Cabriolet A Special
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A Special

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Model Year: 1936
Profile

Cabriolet C Special
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet C Special

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Model Year: 1936
Profile
Special Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Model Year: 1936
Profile
Sport Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 540K Sport Cabriolet A

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Model Year: 1936
Profile

Special Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 113659
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History
Special Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 130913
Engine Num: 130913
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet B
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet B

Chassis Num: 130921
Engine Num: 130921
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History

Spezial Coupe
Mercedes-Benz 540K Spezial Coupe

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 130944
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History
Sport Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 540K Sport Cabriolet A

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 130945
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History
Special Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 130949
Engine Num: 130949
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History

Special Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Coachbuilder: Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.
Chassis Num: 154080
Engine Num: 154080
Model Year: 1936
Profile
Cabriolet B
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet B

Model Year: 1937
Profile
Sport Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz 540K Sport Cabriolet

Model Year: 1937
Profile

Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Model Year: 1937
Profile
Special Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Model Year: 1937
Profile
Special Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Model Year: 1937
Profile

Special Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Model Year: 1937
Profile
Special Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Model Year: 1937
Profile
Special Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 130894
Engine Num: 130894
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History

Cabriolet C
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet C

Chassis Num: 154062
Engine Num: 154062
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Roadster Mayfair
Mercedes-Benz 540K Roadster Mayfair

Coachbuilder: Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.
Chassis Num: 154080
Engine Num: 154080
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 154083
Engine Num: 154083
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History

Special Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 154140
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 154146
Engine Num: 154146
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet B
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet B

Chassis Num: 169350
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History

Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 232198
Engine Num: 154081
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K Roadster

Model Year: 1938
Profile
Special Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Model Year: 1938
Profile

Streamliner Coupe
Mercedes-Benz 540K Streamliner Coupe

Model Year: 1938
Profile
Special Tourer
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Tourer

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Model Year: 1938
Profile
Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 169316
Model Year: 1938
Profile

Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Norrmalm
Chassis Num: 169389
Model Year: 1938
Profile
Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 169396
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Sport Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz 540K Sport Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Erdmann & Rossi
Chassis Num: 232697
Engine Num: 154099
Model Year: 1938
Profile

SWB Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K SWB Roadster

Model Year: 1939
Profile
SWB Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K SWB Roadster

Model Year: 1939
Profile
SWB Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K SWB Roadster

Model Year: 1939
Profile

Spezial Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 540K Spezial Cabriolet A

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 408371
Engine Num: 408371
Model Year: 1939
Profile and Auction History
Spezial Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 540K Spezial Roadster

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 408383
Engine Num: 408383
Model Year: 1939
Profile and Auction History
Autobahn Kurier
Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn Kurier

Chassis Num: B-69475
Engine Num: 154083
Model Year: 1939
Profile

Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 189392
Engine Num: 189392
Model Year: 1941
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet B
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet B

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 408429
Model Year: 1941
Profile and Auction History


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