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1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K

The 500K's were beautiful, elegant, and exclusive models often outfitted with voluptuous coachwork and sold to wealthy clientele.

In 1904 Hans Nibel became chief engineer of Benz. When Daimler-Benz merged, he assisted Dr. Ferdinand Porsche in developing a 6.8-liter supercharged engine that would be outfitted in the 'K', SS, SSK, and SSKL series. The engine created was later enlarged to capacities such as 7.0 and 7.1 liters producing 250 horsepower. The SS was described as that fastest sports car in the world at the time. The SSK was mechanically identical to the SS but was 19-inches shorter and designed for racing. The SSK dominated the racing circuit in the early 1930's. As it began to age, Mercedes-Benz increased its capabilities by giving it a 300-hp engine and drilling holes in the frame to reduce weight. The SSKL was born. This combined was highly successful for a year but in 1932 the Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 had become more agile and competitive.

Hans Nibel was tasked by Mercedes-Benz to create an automobile that was capable of high speeds. He created the 380, a limited production road car. It was introduced in early 1933 and was powered by a inline eight-cylinder engine based off the 290 models six-cylinder unit. The car could be purchased in various bodies and engine configurations. During its production lifespan only 150 examples were produced. Mercedes-Benz introduced the next evolution of the 380, the 500K model. The 500K was powered by a powerful M24 inline-eight cylinder supercharged engine capable of producing 160 horsepower. The 380 was named after the cubic-capacity of its engine, 3820 cc. The 500 followed the same tradition, inspired by its 5018 cc power plant.

The brakes were power assisted, the suspension was rear independent with swing arms, and the transmission had five gears, all of these features were innovative achievements in the automotive community. A bi-product of Nibel's ingenuity, creativity and technological genius.

The 500K was offered in ten unique body styles including the Special Roadster. The Hermann Ahrens designed Special Roadster was a limited production cabriolet that could accommodate two adults in its 209 inch frame. The coachwork was handled by Mercedes-Benz. In total less than 30 examples were produced.

The 500K continued the tradition and legacy of the oldest automobile firm in the world, Mercedes-Benz. Its graceful body hid a powerful engine and mechanical innovations that were revolutionary. The vehicle was strong and dependable assembled with superb German craftsmanship. The Special Roadster is considered one of the most beautiful automobiles ever built.


by Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2005

1936 Vehicle Profiles

1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K vehicle information

Tourenwagen Sports Phaeton

Chassis Num: 209421
Engine Num: 123724

It's hard to deny that one of the signature models of Mercedes-Benz is the 500 model chassis. So many striking and elegant bodies would grace the stalwart chassis. Each one is an expression of art and function. Every single example is a fitting tribu....[continue reading]

1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K vehicle information

Three-Position Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Corsica

Chassis Num: 113622
Engine Num: 113622

Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz had little interest in motorsports and both would leave their respective companies early. Due to failing health, Daimler left in 1896 and Benz in 1903 after a disagreement. ....[continue reading]

1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K vehicle information

Touren Wagon with Factory Coachwork

Chassis Num: 113696
Engine Num: 113696

The Mercedes-Benz 500K was first shown at the Berlin Motor Show in 1934. It had a supercharged 5-liter, 6-cylinder engine, developing 160 bhp, which was particularly suited to the new Autobahns that were being built in Germany at the time. ....[continue reading]

1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K vehicle information

Drophead Coupe

Chassis Num: 130878

This 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet B was given its coachwork by the Sindelfingen Body Works factory. The Cabriolet B had seater for four or five, two long doors, and four fully functioning windows. This car is a late example of the series, and ....[continue reading]

1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K vehicle information

Special Roadster

The first Mercedes-Benz classic was the K series, begun in 1924 and produced until 1927 when the Model S was introduced. In 1932, the 500K series began production. The 500 denotes the 5-liter engine and the K is for the kompressor or supercharger tha....[continue reading]

1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K vehicle information

Special Cabriolet

This 500K has had many famous owners. Owned initially by Arturo Lopez Willshaw, an Argentinean multimillionaire, it then passed to Gianni Agnelli, founder of the Museo dell Automobile in Turin and member of the Fiat industrialist family. It was acqui....[continue reading]

1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K vehicle information

Cabriolet Tourer A
Coachwork: Sindelfingen
Designer: Hermann Ahrens

Chassis Num: 123724
Engine Num: 123724

The Mercedes-Benz 500K caused a sensation at the 1934 Berlin Motor Show. Together with its successor, the 540K, the magnificent Mercedes-Benz 500K was arguably the most important production model sold by the Stuttgart firm during the 1930s. Powered b....[continue reading]

Tourenwagen Sports Phaeton
Chassis #: 209421 
Three-Position Drophead Coupe by Corsica
Chassis #: 113622 
Touren Wagon with Factory Coachwork
Chassis #: 113696 
Drophead Coupe
Chassis #: 130878 
Special Roadster
 
Special Cabriolet
 
Cabriolet Tourer A by Sindelfingen
Chassis #: 123724 


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Mercedes-Benz Monthly Sales Volume

November 2019
33,721
October 2019
27,867
September 2019
27,433
August 2019
24,771
July 2019
24,612
May 2019
27,080
April 2019
22,949
March 2019
27,004
January 2019
22,507
Additional Sales Volume Data


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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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