Rare, pre-war supercharged Mercedes-Benz to be featured at Bonhams' Scottsdale auction

The Scottsdale Auction
17 Jan 2013
Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

With a strong tradition of offering the world's greatest supercharged Mercedes, Bonhams is proud to announce that it will be representing the stunningly beautiful and highly sough-after 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A at its approaching Scottsdale Sale.

The rare pre-War supercharged convertible with coachwork by the Sindelfingen works is a marvel of engineering, garnering praise from period reviews in magazines The Autocar and Motor. Painfully expensive when new, they were only available to the wealthiest of society and over the subsequent decades recognition of the car's impressive mechanical prowess and craftsmanship has only grown to the point that today it is one of the most respected automobiles of its kind.

Providing 115hp un-supercharged and 180hp with the kompressor engaged, and achieving 110mph, the straight 8-cylinder car is meant for performance as much as looks and comfort.

The Cabriolet A is the most desirable of the Cabriolet series. Its smaller cockpit is sportier and accentuates the hood length, emphasising its rakish profile. These and other distinct design details make the 540K A the most aesthetically pleasing coachwork designs of the pre-War era.

This particular example is also extremely authentic and correct, benefitting from its original colour scheme, original leather, and rare period features such as round-faced Becker Radio, fabric radiator cover and fold-away luggage rack, among others.

This magnificent German motorcar will be offered along many more newsworthy cars on Thursday, January 17th at Bonhams' second annual Scottsdale Auction at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. Please note, the automobilia sale commences at 10:30am and the automobiles at 1:00pm.

For more information on this auction, including how to register to bid in person or by absentee, visit www.bonhams.com/scottsdale.


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com

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