A crown jewel from the classic car era

A crown jewel from the classic car era

Presented by Broad Arrow Group.

Broad Arrow Auctions is pleased to offer this unique and outstanding 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster at the upcoming Monterey Jet Center auction on August 18th. This beautiful example is one of the true crown jewels of the classic era of automobiles. No car symbolizes the pinnacle of design, engineering and construction among classic-era cars better than the Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster. Incredibly rare, stunningly beautiful, a beloved centerpiece for collectors around the world – chassis 408383 is the perfect representation of those enviable qualities.

The original owner of the Mercedes-Benz, Rolf Horn of Berlin, was known to run an exclusive and high-quality interior design and accessories boutique and as such was closely involved in the original design of this 540K Special Roadster. While the core of the design is clearly Sindelfingen, Horn specified subtle but unique revisions to the bodywork, including desirable sculpted lowered doors with disappearing roll-up windows, a dramatically sloping and opening windshield, a fully covered spare tire and perhaps most attractively, two long and impressive lines of slats that replace the rectangular hood screens.

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In particular, all Mercedes-Benz 540K models were highly sought after when new. Chassis 408383 was no exception and over the next three decades it made its way to Sweden from where it was purchased by noted collector and dealer Tom Barrett and eventually passed into the long-term ownership of Major General William Lyon and the Lyon family. Collection where it would remain until 2011. After the car was restored and sold to a new owner, 408383 underwent a complete refurbishment by RM Auto Restoration who set the car, now finished in a deep and rich dark blue, on a new path that would lead to events across the country, including the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance where it was awarded best in class, as well as the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance where it won a second in class award. The 540K Special Roadster received additional awards at the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance, Winter Park, Boca Raton, Hilton Head, as well as a Best of Show at Mar-a-Lago.

Ownership provides instant access to the best events worldwide, while also allowing you to be included in one of the most select ownership circles. This five-speed Supercharged 540K is as impressive to drive as it is to look at and the next owner will appreciate the meticulous care the car has received under its current ownership.

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