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1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K

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This body style first appeared in 1933 and was first introduced at the 1934 Berlin Motor Show as the Mercedes-Benz 500K. The 540K was introduced in 1936 and built on the 500K with a larger more powerful engine. The 5.4-liter, straight eight-cylinder engine produced 115 horsepower when fed by the dual updraft carburetor. An additional 65 horsepower was added when the gas pedal was depressed, engaging the Kompressor.

The bodies of the nicest of the Mercedes 540Ks were built by Mercedes in its Sindelfingen plant in Germany. Launched at the Paris Salon in 1936, these supercharged 5.4-liter, 8-cylinder cars were built in many different styles from closed coupes to seven-seat sedans. There were also six different cabriolet designs.

This particular cabriolet was delivered to the Mercedes dealer, Carlo Saporiti, in Milan, Italy in October of 1937. It remained there until the mid-fifties. The car changed hands three times before it fell into the hands of racing school owner Skip Barber, in 2001. The current owner purchased the car in 2006 and had the vehicle completely restored.

It is one of 97 examples built at Sindelfingen and one of a very few with left-hand drive. In its day, the 540K Cabriolet A sold for 28,000 Reichsmarks. Sadly Mercedes ceased production of the 540K in 1942.

A total of 406 (or as many as 419) 540s were produced on this chassis from 1936 through 1940. The original price was $7,500 when the average American car of the era sold for $750.

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No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Mercedes-Benz 540K

(Data based on Model Year 1937 sales)
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 540 K SPORT CABRIOLET A
Chassis#: 154084
Sold for USD$3,085,000
  2022 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
 
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 154075
Sold for USD$9,905,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
 
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Coupe by Hebmüller
Chassis#: 154143
Sold for USD$995,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet A by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 154078
Sold for USD$2,539,413
  2019 RM Sothebys : Essen
 
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Sports Roadster Coachwork by Mayfair
Chassis#: 154080
Sold for USD$3,277,500
  2018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet B
Chassis#: 169350
Sold for USD$577,500
  2018 Mecum : Monterey
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet A by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 154146
Sold for USD$2,585,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet C
Chassis#: 154062
Sold for USD$1,072,500
  2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K CABRIOLET A Coachwork by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 154083
Sold for USD$2,970,000
  2016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 130894
Sold for USD$9,900,000
  2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Sports Saloon
Chassis#: 169341
Sold for USD$797,307
  2013 Bonhams - The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster Model
Sold for USD$34,500
  2012 RM - Milhous Collection, Fla
 
1937 Mercedes 540 K cabriolet B 1937
Sold for USD$646,491
  2012 Artcurial Motorcars at Rétromobile
 
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet 'C'
Chassis#: 236583
Sold for USD$667,000
  2012 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Sale, Az
 
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A - Coachwork by Sindelfingen
Sold for USD$1,350,079
  2011 Coys - A217 True Greats
 
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 154140
Sold for USD$9,680,000
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A by Factory Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 154081
Sold for USD$1,996,988
  2011 RM Auctions - Villa d'Este
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K image  
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet C
Chassis#: 169312
Sold for USD$612,630
  2011 Bonhams - Automobilia, Motos de collection et Automobiles d'exception au Grand Palais
 
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Sport Cabriolet A
Sold for USD$2,145,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
 
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet C
Chassis#: 169312
Sold for USD$586,840
  2009 Bonhams - Fine Vintage and Collectors' Motorcars at Reims
 

Mercedes-Benz 540Ks That Failed To Sell At Auction

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster1540802021 Mecum : Monterey   
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster 2021 Mecum : Kissimmee   
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster 2020 Mecum : Indy   
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet B1693672020 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $650,000$750,000
1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K SPORT CABRIOLET A1541462016 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Auction   
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet A by Sindelfingen1541462015 RM Auctions Automobiles of Arizona$3,100,000$3,400,000$4,000,000

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1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Profiles

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information
Special Roadster
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information
Special Roadster
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information
Cabriolet C
Chassis #: 154062
Engine #: 154062
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information
Roadster Mayfair
Coachwork: Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.
Chassis #: 154080
Engine #: 154080
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information
Cabriolet A
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
Chassis #: 232198
Engine #: 154081
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information
Cabriolet A
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information
Special Roadster
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
Chassis #: 154140
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information
Special Roadster
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information
Special Roadster
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information
Cabriolet A
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
Chassis #: 154146
Engine #: 154146
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information
Cabriolet A
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
Chassis #: 154083
Engine #: 154083
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information
Special Roadster
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
Chassis #: 130894
Engine #: 130894