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1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K

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Built for their wealthiest and most demanding clients, the Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster was the Mercedes-Benz flagship in the prewar years. Introduced in 1936, just twenty-six 540K Special Roadsters were built, and of these, only a few were exported to the United States.

This Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet, bodied by Berlin coachbuilder Erdmann & Rossi, was ordered by Barbara Hutton, the wealthy Woolworth heiress and socialite, as a gift for her future husband, Count Kurt von Haugwitz-Hardenberg-Reventlow. She asked for several unusual features, including a passenger compartment to seat four adults and custom-built wheel covers. The most unusual, and seemingly capricious, request was to fit purely decorative exhaust pipes on the left side of the car so it would look symmetrical. This unique Mercedes-Benz later appeared in the 1941 Hal Roach movie Topper Returns. It has been with the Keller Collection since the late 1980s.

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1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Mercedes-Benz 540K

(Data based on Model Year 1936 sales)
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet A by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 130941
Sold for USD$1,875,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
 
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet B by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 130921
Sold for USD$698,500
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Cabriolet by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 130913
Sold for USD$1,540,000
  2014 RM Auctions at Monterey
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster
Chassis#: 130949
Sold for USD$11,770,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet A by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 130945
Sold for USD$3,002,390
  2012 RM Auctions at Monaco
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Coupe by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 130944
Sold for USD$3,080,000
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet A by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 130945
Sold for USD$2,970,000
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Cabriolet
Chassis#: 130913
Sold for USD$913,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Cabriolet
Chassis#: 130945
Sold for USD$2,035,000
  2008 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1936 MERCEDES 540 K REPLICA
Chassis#: 1185135
Sold for USD$20,000
  2007 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions - November 18, 2007
 
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Replica Convertible
Sold for USD$11,880
  2007 Toronto International Spring Classic Car Auction
 
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Cabriolet
Chassis#: 130913
Sold for USD$1,028,500
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Sindelfigen
Sold for USD$836,000
  2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet C
Chassis#: 169387
Sold for USD$1,178,591
  2006 Coys Auction - Legende et Passion
 

Mercedes-Benz 540Ks That Failed To Sell At Auction

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Sport Cabriolet1309452014 Rick Cole Auctions : Monterey$3,246,100  
1936 MERCEDES BENZ 540 K REPLICA 2009 Silver Auction Salt Lake City$19,000  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Cabriolet1309452004 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction$1,100,000$1,400,000$1,800,000

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1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Profiles

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information
Cabriolet C Special
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information
Special Roadster
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
Chassis #: 113659
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information
Special Cabriolet
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information
Cabriolet A Special
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information
Cabriolet A Special
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information
Special Cabriolet
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
Chassis #: 130913
Engine #: 130913
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information
Special Roadster
Coachwork: Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.
Chassis #: 154080
Engine #: 154080
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information
Spezial Coupe
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
Chassis #: 130944
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information
Sport Cabriolet A
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
Chassis #: 130945
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information
Special Roadster
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
Chassis #: 130949
Engine #: 130949
Cabriolet B
Chassis #: 130921
Engine #: 130921
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information
Sport Cabriolet A
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information
Special Cabriolet
Coachwork: Erdmann & Rossi