These supercharged marvels represent the peak of automotive design, engineering and construction of the Classic Era — and none more so than the 540K Special Roadster. Each is a sight to behold, the example being offered by Broad Arrow — chassis 408383 — is further distinguished from the others thanks to bespoke features specified by the car’s first owner.
The overall style of the car remains that of coachbuilder Sindelfingen, but Rolf Horn, the first owner, specified the car have sculpted lowered doors with roll up windows and a full covered spare tire. Horn also asked for a sloping and opening windshield, and two lines of louvers in the hood, replacing the hood screens.
Over the next few decades, the Mercedes-Benz would wound up in Sweden, where it was purchased by Tom Barrett. The 540K eventually landed in the hands of Major General William Lyon and the Lyon Collection, which it remained a part of until 2011. After a restoration and refresh by RM Auto Restoration, the car went on to win first in class at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and a second in class award at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, among many other awards. Broad Arrow’s estimate for the 540K Special Roadster is $7,000,000 to $9,000,000.
“A motor car unrivaled in its presence, the Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster represents the very best of literally everything of the era. Ownership provides immediate entry into the finest events worldwide while also allowing for inclusion within one of the most select of ownership circles,” said Donnie Gould, Partner and Senior Car Specialist. “This Supercharged five-speed 540K is as impressive to drive as it to look at and I am certain the next owner will appreciate the meticulous care that the car has received under its current ownership.”