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  1. The only thing the seller offered was that "it came off a 540 K." My car came with wheels that fit on the hubs, but they were only 50-spoke wheels. Never did figure out what those came off of, but even though they fit a 500/540 K, they weren't correct.
  2. The hub looks correct. Could just be a new manufacture wheel that wasn't drilled for wheel weights. If you look at Wagner's catalog photo, it's not drilled for weights either. However, unless my eyes are crossing, this has too many spokes. Looks like 84 and should be 70. I think there were 3 different rims for the 500/540 K, but I don't know if any had 84 spokes. Jim might know. I thought once they got too many spokes on it the weights wouldn't fit, but the "front" set of spokes is the correct number (28), so unless the wheel is too small, the weights could be added. Of course, you'd want to have drilled it before plating.
  3. Nice roughly $650,000 increase over 2014 sale.
  4. Not known to survive. Car could be as early as 1936, probably 1937. Photo was 1939 and is my favorite of all 500 K and 540 K photos ever taken. Obviously drawing stares and admiration befitting such a rare (8 made, 3 surviving) car. My colorization attempt:
  5. Nice car. Would look good in your garage.
  6. Echoing AJ's post. Page 24 of Melin vol 1. Twenty-six duo tone, twenty-five single color are listed as known examples with the important caveat, "there were no set colour schemes." These were custom cars - the client could get any color they wanted. Putting aside the question of an individual car's original color, there is no "incorrect" color, only incorrect types of paint. For example, the flake they were using then was ground fish scales, not metal, and the media was so fine that it was very subtle. One color was actually called "fish-silver," which is how my car left the factory. While there are a lot of black/grey combos and solids in Melin's list, you could get different shades of blue, green, yellow, red, white/off-whites, silver, burgundy/maroon, etc. My car is now burgundy, a vast improvement, imo. To each his own, but I would never order a black or fire-engine red car (what I have always called slut-red), understanding of course there are some sports cars that look great in bright red or black. I just don't want one. Every black, bright red, white and silver car on the planet could vanish along with almost every American car since 1978 and I'd be perfectly happy.
  7. Looks like No Sale again.
  8. The video shows more of the narrator than the car. He should have been out of the shot entirely. Good lesson in how NOT to shoot a car video.
  9. I used to like the stone guards on these cars, but I have changed my mind. My restorer asked me, "Why would you want to obscure that beautiful radiator?" For some reason, the more I look at the stone guard, the more it looks "military" to me.
  10. JMA = Jan Melin Archive. Unfortunately, now in the hands of Damiler-Benz.
  11. I guess on this trip one tire was destroyed - note the bare wheel under the spare. Also, both Netherlands and Great Britain shields on the back - maybe they got out of the Netherlands before it was occupied. My car, presumably still in the Netherlands, was wreckage after WWII.
  12. I hope no one pulled up behind him.
  13. I'm sure many of you saw the dismal results of the Bonham's sale of the green Mayfair 500 K roadster at Amelia. What a haircut! The previous sales, including just last year, were $825,000 and $830,000. This year - $362,500!! Probably a 60% loss after fees to the current owner. Not a great body style, and needs fresh restoration and a new color, but holy crap - it's still a one-of-one 500 K.
  14. Excellent job on the comparative photos!
  15. The factory Spezial-Coupe (not the Caracciola car) is one of the best looking coupes ever made. With the right paint, blackwalls, no sunroof, redone leather and carpet this could be a very nice car, but it still wouldn't be as nice as the factory Spezial-Coupe. Someone's going to be into this car for at least $2M if they restore it, and I'm not sure there would be any meat left on the bone. But I've been wrong before.
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