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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Concorsa D'Eleganza 2012: Mercedes Benz 540k 1939

I have a soft spot for Mercedes Benz. And the 540k is the one which always give me goosebumps when I think of vintage. Marvellous motor car.

This 1939 example, entered as car no 12 in the Concorso d'Eleganza della Villa D'Este 2012 is a magnificent specimen. Looking almost brand new, with glistening paintwork, superb interior and a beautifully sounding engine.

The motor car is powered by an 8 cylinder, 5401cc, Roots supercharged engine develops 180hp, allowing the car can accelerate to 180 kph. This Spezial Roadster was created in the MB workshop in Sindelfingeen on a short wheelbase with a 5 speed gearbox is a unique piece, custom built for Alfried Krupp von Bophlen und Halbach.

The car went to the USA after the war, and changed owners several times, till it was professionally restored at the end of the 1980s by the current owner Berthold Albrecht of Germany.

Still immaculately roadworthy, and featuring a beautiful interior, the car is quite, quite magnificent.

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