The Car of Stars and Statesmen: Mercedes 540 K Cabriolet B, 1936
The elegant lines of the convertible were and are still causing sensation. Combined with a high riding comfort the 540 K was a car of highest technical perfection. It has rightly been awarded as well for its performance as for its sportly elegance at many exhibitions.
It is therefore not surprising that, with the appearance of the 540 K, Mercedes became the brand of stars and VIP’s. Emperors and kings. Prominent statesmen and stars owned a Mercedes 540 K. Among others, Lilian Harvey, Richard Tauber and Elly Beinhorn drove this car. Of course, one of the original models is exhibited at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart and is still causing sensation, even nowadays.
- 8-cylinder in-line-engine, with compressor
- Displacement: 5.401 cm3
- Bore x stroke: 88 x 111 mm
- Fuel supply: Double-Updraft carburetor z Maximum output: 180 hp at 3.400 rpm
- Transmission: 4-speed
- Wheel Base: 2.950 mm
- Topspeed: 180 km/h