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1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Cabriolet Vehicle Profile

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K photograph

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Special Cabriolet
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
The Mercedes-Benz 540K was a very special car and it was usually ordered by very special people - this was no exception.

This special cabriolet motorcar was a one-off custom built by the German coachbuilder Sindelfingen for William A.M. Burden, a great, great grandson of legendary American industrialist Cornelius Vanderbilt, who specified the sleek, gracefully sloped grille that normally would have carried the famous Mercedes-Benz star.

The letter 'K' in the model designation stood for 'Kompressor,' German for supercharger. The inline, eight-cylinder motor displaced 5.4-liters and developed 180 horsepower.

Chassis#

No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

Analysis

Chassis number Auction Sales History

2017 1
2014 1
2012 2
2011 2
2010 1
2008 1
2007 3
2006 2

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$698,500$698,5001
2014$1,540,000$1,540,0001
2012$7,386,195$11,770,0002
2011$3,025,000$3,080,0002
2010$913,000$913,0001
2008$2,035,000$2,035,0001
2007$353,460$1,028,5003
2006$1,007,296$1,178,5912

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1936 sales)
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet B by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 130921
Sold for $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 $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 $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 $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 $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 $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 $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 $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 $20,000
  2007 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions - November 18, 2007
 
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Replica Convertible
Sold for $11,880
  2007 Toronto International Spring Classic Car Auction
 
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Cabriolet
Chassis#: 130913
Sold for $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 $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 $1,178,591
  2006 Coys Auction - Legende et Passion
 

No Sale

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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