Vintage cars have been setting the auction numbers on fire these days, with the Ferrari 335S Scaglietti being sold for a whopping $35.8 million. There seems to be a particular penchant among buyers for rare and exotic vintages. This 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster is no exception.
At this year’s Arizona Biltmore auction in Phoenix, this pre-WW2-era sold was auctioned for $9.9 million. While it is nowhere close to the Ferrari 335S’ price, it is nevertheless a piece of automotive gem in extraordinarily good condition. When the bidding for a vehicle kicks off at $5 million, you know you are witnessing a unique transaction.
The Mercedes-Benz 540 K is powered by a 5.4 liter 8-cylinder engine with a manual Roots-style supercharger. Power output is boosted from 115hp to nearly 180hp. The car has a manual 4-speed transmission. The up-to-date braking system includes four-wheel servo-assisted hydraulic drum brakes. The suspension system is an independent wishbone front coil suspension and independent swing-arm rear suspension.
The Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster is a 1937 model. The chassis number is 130894, and it is considered to be one of the earliest production models of the 540 K to have survived 79 years. What is more spectacular about chassis 130894 is that it was pre-production. The 540 K has about 10,227 miles of mileage, a full history of vehicle care and all-original drive-train components (including the engine number) that makes this a treasured member of the automotive world. The 540 K Special Roadster is a unique part of Mercedes-Benz’s rarified history.
Check out the video of a Mercedes-Benz 540 K starting up. It sounds sweet!
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