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1935 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 | Mar 2008

1935 Vehicle Profiles

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K vehicle information

Cabriolet A

Chassis Num: 105379
Engine Num: 105379

Mercedes-Benz could not have unveiled two completely different visions when it set up its display at the Berlin Motor Show in March of 1934. One vision was very much for the common man, a car with little character. However, it would be the car with a....[continue reading]

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K vehicle information

Roadster
Coachwork: Sindelfingen

Chassis Num: 105380

The Mercedes-Benz 500K (W 29, 100/160 hp) was one of the greatest performance automobiles of the Thirties. 13 months after the debut of the 380, Mercedes-Benz introduced the 500K at the Berlin Auto Show. Both were built in parallel in 1934, but by th....[continue reading]

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K vehicle information

Special Roadster

Engine Num: 123686

With six feet of hood separating the driver from the front of the Mercedes 500K, there had to be something important under all that elegantly styled sheet metal. In this case, it was a legend - and an enormous engine. The early thirties saw Daimler-B....[continue reading]

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K vehicle information

Windovers Roadster

This Mercedes 500K with bodywork by Windovers is extremely unusual. Windovers, which began to build carriages as early as 1796 in Huntingdon, England, more often bodied Rolls-Royce and Bentleys, and many Windovers-bodied cars found their way to Indi....[continue reading]

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K vehicle information

Cabriolet A

Chassis Num: 105384
Engine Num: 105384

The Daimler Motor Company and Benz & Company joined forces in 1926. That same year, they introduced the Mercedes-Benz brand. Ferdinand Porsche had joined Daimler in 1923 and he developed models that featured large displacement inline engines with sup....[continue reading]

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K vehicle information

Touren Wagon

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. Very few....[continue reading]

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K vehicle information

Roadster
Coachwork: Sindelfingen

Not unlike American manufacturers, Mercedes-Benz crafted some of its most beautiful automobiles during difficult economic times. The 500K was largely attributed to engineer Hans Nibel and was first show at the Berlin Auto Show in 1934. Designated mod....[continue reading]

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K vehicle information

Cabriolet A

Chassis Num: 113717
Engine Num: 113717

The Mercedes-Benz 500 was the creation of engineer Dr. Hans Nibel. It featured an advanced chassis design and a powerful 5-liter engine that was capable of carrying it to speeds of 100 mph. The 'K' models employed a form of supercharging which was us....[continue reading]

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K vehicle information

Tourer
Coachwork: Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.

Just 342 examples of the Mercedes-Benz 500K were built from 1934 to 1936 before the model was superseded by the mighty 540K. Most 500Ks were bodied by the factory, but this unique example was fitted with open touring coachwork by the Mayfair Carriage....[continue reading]

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K vehicle information

Special Roadster

The Mercedes-Benz 500K was the elegant yet sporty, top-of-the-line model from the Mercedes-Benz range in the 1930s. When the 500K was first presented in 1934, it achieved much praise for its handling and performance. Thanks to its powerful Roots supe....[continue reading]

Cabriolet A
Chassis #: 105379 
Roadster by Sindelfingen
Chassis #: 105380 
Special Roadster
 
Windovers Roadster
 
Cabriolet A
Chassis #: 105384 
Touren Wagon
 
Roadster by Sindelfingen
 
Cabriolet A
Chassis #: 113717 
Tourer by Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.
 
Special Roadster
 


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27,867
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27,433
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24,771
July 2019
24,612
May 2019
27,080
April 2019
22,949
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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)
1930Ford (1,140,710)Chevrolet (640,980)Buick (181,743)

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