Historical 1930s Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

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The Mercedes-Benz 540K was a beautifully manufactured vehicle from the 1930s. It peaked from 1935 to 1940.

The Mercedes-Benz 540K made its debut at the Paris Motor Show in 1936, one year after production.

Friedrich Geiger, a German automobile designer who designed the most notable cars pre World War II, designed the Mercedes-Benz 540K.

This vehicle was a development to the 500K, itself a development of the SSK. It was available as a two-seater cabriolet, four-seater coupe or seven-seater limousine with armoured sides and armoured glass.

With that said, the 540K was the largest cars of its time. The straight-8 cylinder engine of the 500K was enlarged and displacement to 5,401 cubic centimetres.

It was fed by a twin pressurized updraft carburettors developing a 115hp. Along with this it was attached Roots supercharger, which could either be engaged manually for short periods, or automatically when the accelerator was pushed fully to the floor.

Combined production of the 500K (342 cars) and 540K (419 cars) from Sindelfingen, deliveries were:

  • 70 chassis without body
  • 28 open cars
  • 23 sedans with 4 doors (mainly 500K)
  • 29 sedans with 2 doors (mainly 540K)
  • 12 Coupés
  • 6 Autobahn cruisers
  • 58 Roadsters
  • 116 Cabriolets A
  • 296 Cabriolets B
  • 122 Cabriolets C

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