The body styles of the Mercedes-Benz 540 K from Sindelfingen underwent a series of evolutions and variations, and the Special Roadster followed suit. Initially, it featured a low-door style similar to the previous 500 K, but it was eventually replaced by the renowned long-tail, high-door design.
Enthusiasts instantly associate this design with the iconic 540 K Special Roadster, characterized by sweeping and subtly skirted fenders that exude power, a set-back radiator that enhances its presence, and doors that gracefully curve beyond a concealed top, flowing into an upturned tail. Undoubtedly, this design represents a pinnacle of visual perfection from the 1930s.
This is particularly evident in the models equipped with a covered rear spare tire, discreetly tucked beneath a flush decklid. The decklid itself features a very subtle, chrome-edged dorsal fin, which could be seen as a subtle nod to the French coachwork trends of the time. The covered-spare, long-tail, high-door design truly embodies the ultimate form of the Special Roadster, serving as a testament to the exceptional craftsmanship of Sindelfingen.
Source: RM Sotheby’s