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1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K drop-top “longtail” Special Roadster

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1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K

The Mercedes-Benz 540 K was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1936 and featured a supercharged 8 cylinder that could easily propel it down the German Autobahn at speeds exceeding 100 mph. The car instantly became a favorite of the ultra-wealthy elite.

This Mercedes-Benz K drop-top is considered by many to be among the most valuable in existence. This is one of only six “longtail” Special Roadsters produced—sporting disappearing convertible top, steep “V” split windshield and hidden spare tire.

It has ultra-rare 1936 factory issued left-hand-drive Special Roadster has only changed hands three times. It is considered the most original survivor in existence and the ultimate 540 K drop-top. 

The 1936 Mercedes 540 K Special Roadster sold new to U.S. resident Reginald Sinclaire WWI Flying Ace, noted car collector and heir to the Corning Glass fortune. This factory issued left-hand-drive Special Roadster has only changed hands three times and is considered the most original survivor in existence.

Included in the list of the prestigious list of 540 K models’ owners includes movie mogul Jack Warner of Warner Brother’s Studios, Actor Clark Gable, best known for his role in Gone With The Wind,and Baroness Gisela von Krieger of Prussia.

The Mercedes-Benz is displayed at the Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners Michigan and the home of the CCCA Museum.

To learn more about the museum, their exhibits and events visit GilmoreCarMuseum.org

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