An exquisite 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster was sold at an auction organized by RM Sotheby’s for no less than $9.9 million.
After bidding started at $5 million, an exquisite 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster was sold at an auction organized by RM Sotheby’s for no less than $9.9 million.
Chassis number 130894 is considered to be one of the earliest examples of the 540 K that has survived the test of time, and this particular example is actually a pre-production unit. It was originally delivered to United States and over the years it has covered just 10,227 miles (16,458 kilometers). The vehicle comes with a full history and benefits from all original drivetrain components, including the engine number.
Power is provided by a 5.4-liter, eight-cylinder engine equipped with a driver-activated Roots-type supercharger to increase output from 115 horsepower to 180 hp. The engine’s power is transferred to the wheels with help from a four-speed manual gearbox. The 540 K Special Roadster benefits from four-wheel servo-assisted hydraulic drum brakes and comes with an independent wishbone coil front suspension combined with an independent swing-arm rear suspension.
The special Mercedes was the main highlight of the 17th annual Arizona Biltmore auction in Phoenix which generated $62.8 million in sales after 85% of all lots were sold to bidders from 20 countries. Other high-grossing cars that went under the hammer include a 1929 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).
Source: RM Sotheby’s