Restored 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Streamliner to Debut at Pebble Beach
“The 540 K Streamliner represents the embodiment of perfection in its purest form,” says Michael Bock, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic and Customer Center.
Hitler was extremely proud of this model because it was one of the most important achievements of Nazi Germany. It was painstakingly restores by the experts at giant Daimler Benz and will be shown on August 17th at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elégance.
Mercedes-Benz 540 K Streamline was built in 1938 at Sindelfingen factory. It was designed especially for the Berlin-Rome car race. It never got to compete because, meanwhile, the war began and the rally was canceled.
During the war, the car was used to test the new Dunlop tires, and in 1945 was withdrawn in garages.
Now, 76 years later, the folks at Mercedes decided to ignore the association of the car with Hitler. So, they went to restore it with as many original parts. And the result is fantastic. Beyond the special look given by the design and the aluminum body, the Mercedes-Benz 540 K Streamliner behaves, from a technical standpoint, like any other car that runs the streets today.
540 K Streamliner has an engine of 180 hp (132 kW) that ensures the car a remarkable speed of 185 km/h. The car is equipped with original tires developed by Dunlop in the 40’s.
Along with the 540 K Streamliner, Mercedes-Benz will present at the Pebble Beach another race car that made history – a 1914 model that won the Grand Prix de France on July 4, 1914.
The two models will be presented to the public on August 17, at Tour d’Elégance.