Pin­na­cle of de­sir­abil­ity

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

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