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.

No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

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
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

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 vehicle thumbnail image  
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1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle thumbnail image  
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1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle thumbnail image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle thumbnail image  
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1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle thumbnail image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle thumbnail image  
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1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle thumbnail image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle thumbnail image  
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Chassis#:Chassis#:15007
Sold for $2,172,500
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Sold for $2,172,500
2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle thumbnail image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle thumbnail image  
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Chassis#:0232 AL
Sold for $2,255,000
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1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle thumbnail image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle thumbnail image  
1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.8
Chassis#:Chassis#:WP0ZZZ96ZPS496107
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Sold for $2,145,000
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1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle thumbnail image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle thumbnail image  
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Chassis#:0389 GT
Sold for $2,227,500
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1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle thumbnail image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle thumbnail image  
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Chassis#:16801
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1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle thumbnail image  1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle thumbnail image  
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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1934 500K Kombo Roadster
Coachbuilder: Windovers
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1934 Cabriolet A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 105391
Engine Num: 105391
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1934 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.
Chassis Num: 123689
Engine Num: 123689
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Special Roadster
Engine Num: 123686
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Cabriolet A
Chassis Num: 105379
Engine Num: 105379
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 105380
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Cabriolet A
Chassis Num: 105384
Engine Num: 105384
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Cabriolet A
Chassis Num: 113717
Engine Num: 113717
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 500K1936 Three-Position Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Corsica
Chassis Num: 113622
Engine Num: 113622
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 540K1936 Special Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 113659
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1936 Touren Wagon with Factory Coachwork
Chassis Num: 113696
Engine Num: 113696
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1936 Cabriolet Tourer A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 123724
Engine Num: 123724
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 500K1936 Tourenwagen Sports Phaeton
Chassis Num: 209421
Engine Num: 123724
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 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 B
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 408429


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