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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.
  16. One of those links suggested the body work was done "in period." Is 14 years what concours consider in period? I thought it was 10.
  17. If you read the description: This fascinating 540 K Cabriolet A, chassis 189392, was built later in the model run, with its chassis being completed in July 1938, and its coachwork was not completed until October 1939. Built in right-hand drive, 189392 was originally intended for the British market. However, with the outbreak of WWII, German cars could not be exported to the UK and, according to documents with the car, it remained in storage, unsold throughout 1940. In April 1941, 189392 was purchased through the Mercedes-Benz dealer in Helsinki, Finland, by Baron Gustaf Wrede. It is my opinion Gooding should not be advertising this car as a 1941. 1938 chassis, 1939 coachwork, sold new in 1941. I say it's a 1939. 408425 was started in 1939 and not completed until 1952 according to Kienle, the last 540 K ever finished. I think Kienle calls it a 1939/52 which seems cumbersome but descriptive.
  18. Yeah, that's what I thought until I saw this one. I think the only way it could be worse is to add lime green polka dots and whitewalls. As is, I'd still take the Cab C regardless of value, because I'd rather see that in my garage every day.
  19. Only two 500 K / 540 K up for sale in Monterey this year, both at Gooding. A gorgeous Cab C, and an ugly Cab A. I cannot recall seeing a worse paint color than what is on the Cab A. It looks like gray primer. Maybe it looks better in person. On the other hand, best color on the Cab C. As they sit, I'd take the Cab C. With a repaint I'd take the Cab A of course.
  20. Someone told me these aren't correct, that the originals were more flat on the top rather than ball-shaped. I know the shape he's talking about but haven't seen anyone making those.
  21. Black, white, bright red, or silver paint, black or gray interiors - all boring. Give me some damn color!
  22. Von Krieger roadster looks so much better now that it doesn't have whitewalls. They're going to change the orange interior next, which will also be an improvement.
  23. Sold for $1,793,928. I don't remember what the pre-sale estimate was.
  24. 500 refers to 5-liter engine. According to Artcurial, this car never had a 5-liter engine. It was 5.4-liter from new, therefore t is not correct to call it a 500 K. A 500 K was ordered, but a 540 K was delivered. Early 540 K's shared much with late 500 K's, including louvered hood; the main difference was the engine. DBAG made small changes throughout 1935-1937, and the changes did not necessarily correlate to a specific year or 500/540 designation.
  25. If it is, I do not believe it is referred to by chassis number. You have a better memory for who owned cars than I do. Until recently I haven't really cared who owned a car, but it is very useful for distinguishing one black 540 K Cab A from another black 540 K Cab A. I don't have a knack for remembering owners' names unless it is someone known for some other reason - like Jack Warner's Special Roadster, or Gary Cooper's Duesenberg.
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