Pinnacle of desirability
This 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster by Nawrocki went to auction on Saturday and was expected to sell for between $1,2 million (R14 906 700) and $1,8 million at Auctions America. Only 25 Mercedes–Benz 540K Special Roadsters were made, and far fewer have survived to this day. The massive, handcrafted artdeco sculpture was the absolute pinnacle of automotive desirability from the moment it was launched at the Paris Auto Salon in 1936. The mother-of-pearl instrument console still looks better than anything new out there today.