1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A Vehicle Profile

1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

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Cabriolet A
The car series that included the 500K and 540K actually began with the 380 designed by Hans Nibel in 1933. Unfortunately, that car's 3.8 liter engine was woefully inadequate to pull the 5,000 pound vehicle. They not only increased the size of the engine but also supercharged it.

Prior to the official introduction of the 540K, Mercedes-Benz produced thirteen cars which were classified as 500Ks, but actually built with the new 5.4-liter motor, and which are commonly referred to as 'pre-production' cars. Only three of those thirteen are believed to survive.

Between 1934 and 1936, Mercedes-Benz built 356 500K (Kompressor) models, some of which were fitted with Sindelfingen bodies. This example played an unusual role in the transition from the 500K to the more powerful 540K. This car was built in May of 1935 with one of the first 5.4-liter straight-eight engines, and is referred to as a 'pre-series' or transition' production car. Some would say the design draws from the best of both worlds: the sporty look of the 500K from the rear, with its exposed, rear-mounted spare tires and short truck, and the more formal look of the later 540K in the front, with its sweeping fender lines and set-back radiator. Delivered on July 15th to Vogel Verlag, a publishing house owner in Possneck-Thurlington, it soon found its way to North Africa and was abandoned in the desert until being found and brought to the United States by U.S. Army General Walter B. Smith in 1945. After changing hands several times, the current owner acquired it in 1999. Thirteen chassis were built with the 5.4-liter engine. Three are known to exist.

In addition to the supercharger, standard equipment included two spare wheels and tires, safety glass, electric windshield wipers, tool kit, lighted number plates, hydraulic brakes, central lubrication, a 12-volt electrical system and a 4-speed gearbox with synchromesh on the top three gears.


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Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1935 sales)
1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K Replica
Sold for $11,750
  2015 Leake Auction - Tulsa, OK
 

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1936 Special Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Erdmann & Rossi
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 540K1936 Special Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 113659
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 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 Special Tourer
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
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 A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 189392
Engine Num: 189392
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1941 Cabriolet B
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 408429


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