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Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A 1937 for sale
« on: November 24, 2011, 02:06:21 AM »
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A 1937 for sale

One of the curious aspects of the great supercharged Mercedes of the 1920s and 1930s is that though of course they were available in chassis-only form, like every other luxury marque, for the great coachbuilders to unleash their imagination bounded only by the limits of the client's chequebook, very few indeed ever looked better than the factory's own in-house efforts. This is particularly true of the great 500k and 540k roadsters and cabriolets of the later 30s, which managed to be graceful and truly imposing at the same time, and it is one of the most handsome of this series which we are pleased to be offering today.

Only some eighty-three Cabriolet 'A' cars were built, and it has always been readily accepted in the market that, with their superb proportions and neat hoodline when raised, they figure in the pecking order of Mercedes coachwork only just below the showstopping Roadsters and Special Roadsters, with the notable difference that roadsters are now between five and ten million dollars! Chassis number 169363 is a comparatively late car, delivered to a Dutch client in the Autumn of 1937 with Sindelfingen Cabriolet A coachwork, in contrasted to the much more numerous Cabriolet B bodies (of which some 190 are believed to have been built on the 540K chassis).

Though the subsequent wartime and postwar history is unclear, the car is known to have been acquired by Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts Al and Sandra San Clemente in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

During their ownership chassis 169363 was subject to a magnificent five-year restoration, finished in stunning brilliant red, with matching red leather interior. The coachwork was restored by Armando Picinino with chrome by Guy C. Roberge of Auto Re-Chroming. The new black soft-top hood was made by Henry DeSantis.

Once completed the San Clementes' 540K A firstly took 'Best of Show' at the Classic Car Club of Americas Gilmore Museum concours, before following up with another First in Class at the Classic Car Club America's Spring Grand Classic. After an invitation to Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, it earned a staggering third place in 1992, in what is a highly competitive pre-war class. Further class wins followed at the Fisher Island Concours d'Elegance in Florida and at the CCCA Boca Raton Spring Grand Classic in 1993. Here at this meticulously judged event Chassis 169363 scored a perfect '100 point' earning it a CCCA Senior badge (no. 1702) and Premier ranking.

After its unrepeatable Concours victories Chassis 169363 was acquired by the well-known collector Michel Roquet. Records show that he then spent 168,780DM with Mercedes-Benz Classic Centre in 1999. Work included the fabrication and instalment of a new radiator and a mechanical service, which brought it to an exceptional operating condition to complement the fastidious restoration completed by the San Clementes.

Chassis 169363 was acquired at Auction by the Ecclestone Collection in Monaco, in May 2000. It formed part of this renowned collection for some seven years until in 2007 it was purchased for the Heselden Collection.
Equipped with chrome wire wheels mounting the appropriate blackwall tires chassis 169363 has two side-mounted spare wheels in steel housings. The Bosch lighting, includes a stunning pair of cowl-mounted spotlights and a centre-mounted driving light. Interested parties should note this is the appropriate type for this model and period.
The restoration is still in near-concours condition, perhaps needing only a light colour sanding and buff of the paint to be returned to the most demanding concours competition. Its survival, for almost 20 years now, is testimony to the quality of the work done by and for Sandra and Al San Clemente. The interior upholstery, carpets, dashboard, instruments, and switchgear are in exceptional condition. The interior woodwork, which is solid wood, not veneer, is outstanding.

The engine compartment and undercarriage are both in impeccable condition. They show some age and use, but require only thorough cleaning and detailing to be ready once more for the most demanding show arena's

One of only 83, this breath-taking Mercedes-Benz in Cabriolet A coachwork is still looking fresh from a painstaking restoration to the highest cosmetic standards, and with subsequent mechanical work by the Mercedes-Benz Classic Centre must surely make this one of the finest and most desirable examples of the model.

The supercharged Mercedes roadsters of the 1930's are the epitome of luxury and the elegant and extravagant style of the period. This example still carries itself with as much presence today as it did back then. An exceptional example with superb provenance and a blue chip collector's car through and through.

For further information or to arrange a viewing, please contact our sales department.
This car will be offered for sale at our \" True Greats \" sale on December 7th at The Royal Horticultural Halls, London. Please contact Coy's sales department for further information.

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Re: Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A 1937 for sale
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2012, 04:45:00 PM »
Here is a picture of the car prior to restoration.