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1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K

In 1934, Mercedes-Benz introduced the 500K - the 'K' represented Kompressor, which is German for supercharger. Power rose from 100 bhp to 160 with the supercharger engined. There were a total of 342 cars built before the introduction of the 5.4-liter 540K in 1936.

The 540K was similar in many regards to the 500K, though it had even more power. In naturally aspirated form, the engine produced 115 horsepower. When the supercharger was engaged, power rose to 180. A 12-inch increase in wheelbase to 128 inches improved ride quality and gave the coachbuilders at Sindelfingen the ability to create even longer and more elegant bodies.

Around 419 examples of the 540K chassis were produced before production ended in 1940. Eleven cataloged body styles were available from Sindelfingen. Sindelfingen built a variety of Cabriolet bodies, designated 'A' through 'D,' a handful of special bodies were also built.


by Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2019

Related Reading : Mercedes-Benz 540K History

The Mercedes-Benz 500K was introduced in 1934 with the K representing a Kompressor which is German for supercharger. In non-aspirated form, the engine produced 100 horsepower. With the adoption of the Kompressor the horsepower jumped to an impressive 160 making them one of the fastest grand touring cars of their time. The vehicles rode on a 116 inch wheelbase. In 1936 the 540K was introduced....
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Related Reading : Mercedes-Benz 540K History

Two new – and very different – Mercedes models were displayed at the Berlin Motor Show in March 1934. One was the 130, Mercedes-Benzs first production car with a rear-mounted four-cylinder engine which developed 26 hp from a displacement of 1.3 liters. The other was the 500 K, an imposing, elegant sports car with supercharged eight-cylinder engine with the supercharger engaged, it developed 160....
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1936 Vehicle Profiles

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information

Special Roadster
Coachwork: Sindelfingen

Chassis Num: 130949
Engine Num: 130949

Life is full of tragedy and comedy and 'all the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players' (Shakespeare 2.7). Rarely can the fullness of life, with all of the emotions and intricacies, become captured in an inanimate, unfeeling object....[continue reading]

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information

Sport Cabriolet A
Coachwork: Sindelfingen

Chassis Num: 130945

This Mercedes-Benz 540K is part of the Series 29 08, in which the first 5.4-liter motors were utilized. The coachwork is of series 820600, for which ten bodies were built and five of those were given the five-liter and the remaining five the 5.4-lite....[continue reading]

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information

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.....[continue reading]

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information

Cabriolet C Special
Coachwork: Sindelfingen

The early thirties saw Daimler-Benz begin to design high-speed touring cars, culminating in 1935 in the construction of the 540K. The eight-cylinder, 5.4-liter, big-bore engine was supercharged, the designation 'K' stands for 'Kompressor' - and enga....[continue reading]

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information

Cabriolet A Special
Coachwork: Sindelfingen

This 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster is powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged engine and has coachwork in the style of Sidelfingen. During this era, many of the 540K specials received coachwork by Karrosserie Sidelfingen in various configurati....[continue reading]

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information

Cabriolet A Special
Coachwork: Sindelfingen

This 1936 Mercedes-Benz was bodied in Sindelfingen, Germany. Built specifically for the Sultan of Jaoac, who, in 1936, was one of the wealthiest men in the world.....[continue reading]

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information

Special Cabriolet
Coachwork: Sindelfingen

Chassis Num: 130913
Engine Num: 130913

This vehicle is chassis number 130913. The original owner was William A. Burden who took delivery in Paris, although factory records indicate the car was shipped to New York. Instead of standard bodywork, Mr. Burden requested a design that was influe....[continue reading]

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information

Special Roadster
Coachwork: Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.

Introduced in 1936 as the successor to the legendary 500K, the 540K was advertised as the fastest production car in the world. It featured a 5.4-liter 8-cylinder engine with Roots-type supercharger. This 540K was bodied by Mayfair. A total of 419 540....[continue reading]

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information

Spezial Coupe
Coachwork: Sindelfingen

Chassis Num: 130944

This year's RM Auctions event in Monterey, California would produce two Mercedes-Benz 540K Spezials for bidding pleasure. One of them would be a Spezial Roadster. The other would be a Spezial Coupe. Bidding around the Spezial Roadster would set the t....[continue reading]

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information

Special Roadster
Coachwork: Sindelfingen

Chassis Num: 113659

This 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster is powered by a 5.4 liter supercharged engine and has coachwork in the style of Sindelfingen. During this era, many of the 540K Specials received coachwork by Mercedes-Benz's own Karrosserie Sindelfingen....[continue reading]

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information

Cabriolet B

The 540K model, designed by Hermann Ahrens, was offered from 1936 to 1938 and was built by Karosserie Sindelfingen, the Mercedes-Benz in-house coach-building subsidiary. Three chassis variants were available: two longer versions with differing engine....[continue reading]

Cabriolet B

Chassis Num: 130921
Engine Num: 130921

This Mercedes-Benz 540 K wears a Cabriolet B body created by the factory's coachbuilding shops at Sindelfingen. The Cabriolet B offered seating for four-passengers, with a comfortable rear seat for two, and a soft top with rear quarter windows. There....[continue reading]

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information

Sport Cabriolet A
Coachwork: Sindelfingen

The 5.4-litre Mercedes-Benz 540K was introduced in 1936. The chassis for both the 500 and 540K models were designed to accommodate a variety of different body styles and were available in three different lengths. This sporty Cabriolet A, built at Mer....[continue reading]

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K vehicle information

Special Cabriolet
Coachwork: Erdmann & Rossi

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 ex....[continue reading]

Special Roadster by Sindelfingen
Chassis #: 130949 
Sport Cabriolet A by Sindelfingen
Chassis #: 130945 
Special Cabriolet by Sindelfingen
 
Cabriolet C Special by Sindelfingen
 
Cabriolet A Special by Sindelfingen
 
Cabriolet A Special by Sindelfingen
 
Special Cabriolet by Sindelfingen
Chassis #: 130913 
Special Roadster by Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.
 
Spezial Coupe by Sindelfingen
Chassis #: 130944 
Special Roadster by Sindelfingen
Chassis #: 113659 
Cabriolet B
 
Cabriolet B
Chassis #: 130921 
Sport Cabriolet A by Sindelfingen
 
Special Cabriolet by Erdmann & Rossi
 


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October 2019
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Model Year Production

#1#2#3Mercedes-Benz
1941Chevrolet (1,008,976)Ford (691,455)Plymouth (522,080)
1940Chevrolet (764,616)Ford (541,896)Plymouth (430,208)
1939Chevrolet (577,278)Ford (487,031)Plymouth (423,850)
1938Chevrolet (465,158)Ford (410,263)Plymouth (285,704)
1937Ford (942,005)Chevrolet (815,375)Plymouth (566,128)
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)
1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Plymouth (186,106)
1931Chevrolet (619,554)Ford (615,455)Buick (138,965)

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