1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K €795.000

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K

Car Price

$959,609
approx. $959,609.49
approx. €795.000
approx. AED3 524 837,59
approx. $1,234,343.77
approx. $1,168,584.61
approx. CHF871,999.07
approx. ¥6,190,536.80
approx. £690,122.36
approx. HK$7 453 210,17
approx. kn5.989.018,81
approx. $19,266,837.89
approx. kr7.959.097,10
approx. ₽71.111.765,54
approx. kr8 052 820,24
approx. ฿29,920,624
approx. R13,671,940.29
approx. $26,758,710.72
approx. ₱45,965,034.67
approx. Kč20 429 127,46
approx. ₨38,720,243.05
approx. $1,277,700.85
approx. $799,568.70
approx. $671.727.123
approx. B/.959,609.49
approx. $1,919,218.99
approx. ₹70,548,136.98
approx. ¥104,762,487.60
approx. $2,593,392.64
approx. $1,330,494.72
approx. £690,122.36
approx. R$5.066.162,36
approx. ₪3,135,275.48
approx. ر.ع.369,457.331
approx. zł3 641 977,12
approx. $1,945,704.21
approx. $3.650.386.304,20
approx. Fr94,868,779
approx. $959,609.49
approx. ر.ق3,493,938.16
approx. ₡591.544.955,97
approx. Ft284 624 493,94
approx. د.م.8,516,915.22
approx. kr.5.911.698,27
approx. $959,609.49
approx. ₨189,011,710.13
approx. ₺7.963.223,42
approx. RM3,945,914.24
approx. ر.س3,598,834.04
approx. ₩1 074 625 704,81
approx. $1 933 986,42
approx. ₲6 466 353 282,15
approx. Rp13.683.887.432,37
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Car Details

  • Year: 1937
  • Location: Pleidelsheim, Germany
  • Mileage: 58750 km (36506 mi)
  • Power: 180 ps (134 kw)
  • Gearbox: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Color: Black
  • Car type: Cabriolet
  • Drive: Lhd
  • Engine: 8 Cylinder
  • Drive train: Rwd
  • Interior color: Red
  • Condition: Used

Car Description

The 540 K was the more powerful successor to the 500 K. It was offered with different bodywork versions of which the convertible B was by far the most popular. In terms of its appearance, it was difficult to distinguish from the 500 K, depending on variant and model year. The Mercedes 540 K, presented at the Paris Motor Show in 1936, derived from two models that effectively served as its forerunners: the 380 and the 500 K. The 380, unveiled in 1933, was created by the gifted engineer Hans Nibel, a man responsible for several superb racing cars. This new Mercedes boasted an advanced suspension system, with triangular wishbones to the front and swing-axles at the rear, all supported by coil springs. This made it extremely safe and comfortable to drive, even on poor surfaces - a feat warmly saluted by the press at the time. The 380 had an eight-cylinder engine with a supercharger as option, but was slightly lacking in power when compared to the famous S and SS it was meant to replace. So, in 1934, Mercedes launched the sturdier 500 K, whose eight-cylinder in-line engine came with a clutch-operated supercharger: pushing the accelerator to the floor engaged a train of gears that drove the booster and fuel enrichment, and enabled the driver to command sudden bursts of power. The same system was used two years later on the even more powerful 540 K, whose 5.4-litre engine delivered 180hp at 3,400rpm when the compressor was engaged - enabling this enormous car with its four-speed gearbox to top a remarkable 170 km/h, with the comfort and safety that were already Mercedes hallmarks. The car's finish was suitably magnificent. Various body styles were available - Cabriolet, Roadster, Coupé and, most impressive of all, the Spezial Roadster. As the most prestigious embodiment of the Golden Age of classic car-making, the 540 K is extremely rare: barely more than 400 were produced (between 1936-39).

This Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet B was ordered by the British Mercedes importer and was the order number (order number) 257308.
According to the Mercedes factory archives it was ordered for an "exhibition", the 1937 London Motor Show. It was displayed on the Mercedes stand, fitted with a factory Sindelfingen body, painted dark brown with a dark red leather interior. It arrived at the London docks on October 1st, 1937. It appears to have found a new owner very soon after the London motor show, a certain Sir Leonard Lyle. It was then registered under number JT8180. Sir Lyle was a very successful businessman who came from a shipping family who had diversified into sugar refining in the 1920s. He then founded the famous company Tate&Lyle in 1921. Member of the Parliament in the 1920's Baron Leonard Lyle was also an athlete as he participated in the 1921, 1922 and 1923 Wimbledon Championships, became the Chairman of the Professional Golfers association and was a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron. This 540K Cabriolet was subsenquently sold by Sir Lyle but we don't when exactly. Years later, this 540K surfaced in Spain where it was for sale in the late 2000s. A very high quality restoration was carried out, probably by a German restorer. Splendidly finished in black with red leather interior this magnificent 540K Cabriolet B with a Sindelfingen body is a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most beautiful pre-war designs. For detailed questions, please contact our sales staff at any time.
For Sale by

Mechatronik GmbH

Stuifenstraße 54
74385
Pleidelsheim
Germany
Member since 2018
Responsible agent
Pascal Stephan
Head of sales

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