This one-off version of the Mercedes-Benz 540K is called Special Roadster and it will be auctioned in Arizona by RM Sotheby’s, with the company estimating that it will reach a selling price between $7.4 and $8.4 million.
This luxury limousine was purchased new in 1939 by Rolf Horn, an art dealer from Berlin, who adapted the car on his needs, adding features that make it even more special than the other 24 540K that were released.
Specifically, the car has teardrop-shaped fenders, doors that are smaller and a windscreen that has been moved backwards. Mechanically it is equipped with an 5.4-liter 8-cylinder in-line engine, combined with a supercharger, producing 180 hp, that enables the car to have a top speed of 170 km/h.
The car was hidden in a warehouse because of the 2nd world and once East Berlin was under communist control, it was moved by Soviet diplomats in Moscow, then in Sweden and finally it ended up in the United States, where it remains until today.