This 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster was sold at an auction organized by RM Sotheby’s for no less than $9.9 million. The bidding started at $5 million but this impressive unit managed to acquire more than that.
This particular 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster has the chassis number 130894 and it is a pre-production version. It was delivered in US and over the years it covered just 10,227 miles. More than that, the vehicle has a full service history and it features all original drivetrain components, including the engine number.
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster – Engine
Under the hood of this 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster is a 5.4 liter, eight-cylinder engine. It has a driver-activated Roots-type supercharger that can increase the power from 115 HP to 180 HP. The engine resources are sent to the ground via a four speed manual gearbox. It also has four-wheel servo-assisted hydraulic drum brakes and independent wishbone coil front suspension.
This 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster was sold at the 17th annual Arizona Biltmore auction in Phoenix. This auction generated $62.8 million sales after 85% of all lots were sold to bidders from 20 countries. Also at this auction was sold a 929 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing Top Torpedo Convertible Coupe ($3 million), a 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV ($ 2 million), and a 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder ($1,59 million).
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